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“EU Parliament Rejects Patent Law Backed by Technology Companies”: Bloomberg

Per and

The BBC’s take gives a balanced view with some useful background.

It’s a relief that sofware and business ‘methodology’ patents are off the agenda, the price paid is the retention of national patent offices. The confusion and administrative burden placed upon companies to manage their EU-wide intellectual property must surely be frustrating and racks up the overall temperature in the protect-and-defend mentality in many large company’s legal offices.

Pity that there can’t be people who focus upon harmonisation and reducing red tape, and a separate lot who look to new laws… It seems that combining these approaches simply supports the ‘no change because we can’t agree’ result.