Wendy M. Grossman, Wired News - March 19
Saturday, March 19, 2005
The European Parliament appears set to introduce U.S.-style software patents, which critics have denounced as too broad and business-friendly. Software patents continue to be one of the most hotly contested legislative initiatives in Europe. On Feb. 28, the European Commission declined the European Parliament's request to restart the legislative process from scratch. A week later, the EC sent the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions Directive, or CIID, to the European Parliament for a second read, a stage heavily weighted toward passage. The directive would allow software to be patented provided that it makes a "technical contribution ... to the 'state of the art' in the technical field concerned." If the CIID passes, all EU member states will be required to pass supportive national legislation.