Denmark to lead fight against software patents
After a foolish decision by the EU Commission not to restart the writing of a better directive on software patents, it has again become an A-item on agenda for the Competition Council meeting on Monday. This means that the current defective directive would be accepted without discussion and the damage would finally be done.
Luckily, the Danish parliament has took a binding decision (can not be ignored) that the Danish government shall oppose the adoption of the current proposal as an A-item and shall request that the proposal be renegotiated (as a B-item) in the future. This will reopen the software patents discussion that should lead to the rewrite of the directive. It is expected that Sweden and Poland (which has prevented the adoption of current directive before).
Read more here:
- Danish Parliament obliges Minister to renegotiate software patents in Council
- Denmark and Poland Will Deal the Death Blow To the Council's Current Proposal (Text of 18 May 2004)
- Denmark: SW Patent Directive as B-Item Only on Monday
- Last-gasp attempt to block patent directive