European Parliament Finally Kills Software Patentability Directive
According to a July 6, 2005 report from Bloomburg, the European Parliament voted 648 to 14 againt the proposed "Directive on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions." Without the directive, "patents for computer-implemented inventions will continue to be issued by national patent offices and the European Patent Office," E.U. Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner reportedly said to the IDG News Service. According to EC spokesman Oliver Drewes, the Commission has no intention of submitting a new software-patents proposal. "This means that patents on computer-implemented inventions continue to be validly granted by Patent Offices and enforced by the competent Authorities under the respective applicable national or supra-national laws," writes European Patent Attorney Axel Horns at his IPJUR Blog.