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Re: [Fsfe-uk] EP rejects Software Patent Directive, 648 to 14, 18 absten

From: Philip Hunt
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] EP rejects Software Patent Directive, 648 to 14, 18 abstentions
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 15:19:50 +0100
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On Wednesday 06 July 2005 14:23, Jason Clifford wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Jul 2005, Philip Hunt wrote:
> > > Strasbourg, 6 July 2005 -- The European Parliament today decided by
> > > a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 absentions, to _reject_ the
> > > directive "on the patentability of computer implemented inventions",
> > > also known as the software patent directive.
> >
> > Such a big majority!
> Apparently the pro-patent lobby asked for a no vote as well - in their
> case because the amendments would have made patents unusable for them.
> The problem is not solved however as national patent offices may now push
> the pro-patent lobbies agenda locally.

Yes. I expect the forces pushing for this will try to get it in some
other way instead.

> We might have been better with a directive that had been properly amended
> than to have no directive at all.

If it had been properly amended, could/would the Council have then blocked 

Philip Hunt, address@hidden

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