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File under the “Oh Great…” category

Just when we thought that software patents in the EU had been derailed for the time being, comes news that next week a meeting will decide whether to adopt them. It’s a pretty complex situation but for those of you without PhDs in European Politics El Reg has the details.
Grrrr. Now I know why people get so pissed off with the EU.
incidentally the software patents essay I wrote in December got 71% (which is equivalent to first-class honours) – I’d have got higher but apparently I was a little too biased against patents and needed a few more pro-patent arguments. Heh.

One Comment

  1. As I understand it, all is not lost. Even if the bill is approved by the Council it must be approved by the Parliament as well before it can become law.
    That said, the Parliament cannot amend or revise a bill that has been approved by the Council. They must either accept or reject the whole bill. I don’t know if that’s ever happened.
    But the Parliament has been feeling more confident lately, so I suppose it is possible.
    At least, I think that’s how the EU works. The workings of EU institutions can be a little opaque at times…