IT firms call for patent protection in EU
by SIMON TAYLOR
PC Advisor, publication date: 27 October 2004
"The group warns that if MEPs insist on some of the amendments they requested when they were first asked their views on the directive, it would 'seriously threaten research and development in Europe' and put thousands of highly skilled jobs at risk.
The Parliament wanted to exclude software from the scope of patents, saying that software packages were already sufficiently protected through copyright law."