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[News] EPO/UKIPO Chaos Over Software Patents Again

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EPO: FSFE Does It by the Numbers


Same old Directive, new number

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| Do you remember Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal 
| protection of computer programs? The Directive which requires EU members to 
| protect computer programs as literary works and to provide for 
| interoperability, decompilation and the making of back-up copies? Well, it is 
| being repealed and re-enacted in consolidated form because a sufficient 
| number of amendments have been made to it. It has now become Directive 
| 2009/24/EC of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs.      


UK Patent Office Approves Software Patent... Rationalizes The Decision

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| Rather than just saying "uh, the courts said so," it claims that it allowed 
| the patent because it's "more than just a software program," saying that the 
| invention was a "technical contribution." Apparently, the new rules mean that 
| as long as software makes a "technical contribution" it can be patented. 
| But... uh... what software doesn't make a "technical contribution" of some 
| sort     


UK Allows Full-Blown Software Patent

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| As readers of this blog will know, software cannot be patented in Europe “as 
| such”; quite what that wretched “as such” means is the subject of major 
| arguments. As I noted earlier this week, the European Patent Office is  
| currently conducting a consultation into that and much else concerning the 
| patentability of software, to which it is relatively well disposed.   



European Commission On ACTA: TRIPS Is Floor Not Ceiling

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| The EU Commission is “committed to improve the international legal framework
| for IP protection” and sees “ACTA as one way to reach that goal,” Devigne
| said. There was no intention to duplicate TRIPS. Rather, “we want to go
| beyond it,” he said, adding, “TRIPS is the floor, not the ceiling.”

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