A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

EU legislators uneasy about passage of software patent directive

[JURIST] The prospects for an EU software patent directive [PDF proposal text] that would create a uniform software patenting system across Europe appeared limited Tuesday as European legislators expressed reservations about the measure. Many legislators and software companies fear that the law [EU FAQ] would limit innovation and restrict the work of small businesses. Currently, patent disputes are resolved in the individual countries; the new measure would allow the EU to determine the criteria for what kind of software may or may not be patented. The controversial legislation has been in development for five years and was originally scheduled to be voted on in November 2004 [JURIST report]. Large companies, supported by the European Information & Communications Technology Industry Association (EICTA), have said they support the measure [PDF press release] and believe the bill will simplify obtaining patents [EICTA press release]. The legislation is up for a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.