EU delays vote on new patent laws

EU delays vote on new patent laws

[JURIST] The EU has delayed a vote to take place later this week on a proposed law governing when patents can be obtained for technological developments after Poland expressed some reservation over whether to support the law. The law, known as the software patent directive, seeks to establish uniformity on patent laws across the EU, but Poland signaled doubts about the proposal because it could allow patents on software, which has been opposed by all. A vote was scheduled during the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels later this week, but it will likely be delayed until sometime in December. Software developers have also sought to block patents on programs. The proposed law was agreed to by EU member states in May. The New York Times has more.