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[Fsfe-uk] UK appeal court upholds wonky pro-swpat ruling

From: Ciaran O'Riordan
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] UK appeal court upholds wonky pro-swpat ruling
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:25:55 +0100
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Complete with gormeless pro-patent rhetoric, timesonline.co.uk reports that,
following the UK IPO's complaint against the High Court's pro-swpat ruling,
the UK Court of Appeal has rejected the IPO's appeal and has instead agreed
with the High Court that, for "complex software", software patents are


We previously saw a post-Nov-2009 swpat debate as an inevitability that we'd
have to prepare for whether we want it or not.  With this ruling, a new
EU-level legislative proposal is becoming something we might even push for.

(Nov 2009 is when a new European Commission will be chosen.  Commissioner
McCreevy said he'd make no further legislative proposals regarding swpats
during his term, so there's a good chance that something will be launched
when he is replaced.)

I put the relevent part of the European Patent Convention online here with
some links:

CiarĂ¡n O'Riordan, +32 477 36 44 19, http://ciaran.compsoc.com/

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