Software patents in Europe

The EU parliament is about to vote for software patents today. The Register has a good article explaining that geeks don't understand how politicians work. Another related article from ZDNet: European software patents 'a done deal', caught on IPKAT Intellectual Property Weblog.

Update: the vote has been delayed until September, "amid criticism that the legislation would institute a U.S.-style patent regime that would be detrimental to European small businesses and open-source software developers."

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