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New Zealand draft patent law rewritten after Microsoft meeting

ciaran_o_riordan (662132) writes | about 2 years ago

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ciaran_o_riordan writes "After two private meetings with Microsoft and IBM, New Zealand's proposed new patent legislation has been changed by "replacing an exclusion in clause 15(3A) (which relates to computer programs) with new clause 10A. Rather than excluding a computer program from being a patentable invention, new clause 10A clarifies that a computer program is not an invention for the purposes of the Bill". The difference is that the new 10A clause contains the "as such" loophole, the wording that is used by the European Patent Office to grant software patents. This is the same Patents Bill launched in 2009."
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This is an amended version of a previous submision (0)

ciaran_o_riordan (662132) | about 2 years ago | (#41147147)

I submitted this story an hour or two ago, but I didn't have a link to the text of the legislation, so it probably wasn't clear what the problem was with the change.

Re:This is an amended version of a previous submis (0)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about 2 years ago | (#41147391)

Thanks for the update.

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