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Friday, 13 July 2007 10:57

Europe abandons software patents debate

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It is done for now

 

There is no chance of Europe having a reprise of the debate on software patents, according to its Patent Office.

According to the European Patent Office's (EPO) own site since the rejection of the CII directive there are no plans to force through any more changes. 

It said that the EPO manages to maintain high standards.  This is unlike in the US where there are too many patents which are of too low quality, cheaper to obtain and often quite trivial.

A recent conference run by the EPO showed that the majority of speakers found the current system unsatisfactory for different reasons. But all agreed that there was no need for legislative modifications.

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