New Zealand software patents victory crumbling

NZICT (who’s NZICT?) reports that they convinced the politician in charge of the Patents Bill, Hon Simon Power, to do a u-turn and open the floodgates for software patents. The report was posted on a patent lawyer’s blog, then deleted, but copies have been mirrored:

More details below. People in NZ will have to work on this to prevent a catastrophe.

Here’s a quote from the deleted blog entry:

Hon Simon Power has asked MED to work with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to redraft the section along the lines of the European Patent Convention.

[…]it was very pleasing to have a positive indication that the Government recognises there is a need to amend section 15(3A) to make sure it’s consistent with the intent of adopting European practice.

The current plan is to bring in wording similar to the European Patent Convention. The outcome of this wording in Europe is that the EPO grants software patents such as:

This lobbying from NZICT is particularly strange when a survey at NZCS found 80% of its membership against software patents.

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5 thoughts on “New Zealand software patents victory crumbling

  1. Aroha

    NZICT doesn’t deserve NZ in their name. They are made up of mostly foreign companies, and some partners of those same companies (e.g. the various members of Microsoft partners programmes)

  2. Simon

    Urgh!

    So one company mentioned in that now evaporated article is Pingar. So I go to their website and have a read ( http://www.pingar.com/ ) They have a slightly useful search technology. I don’t think that it is anything magical however.

    They (by-proxy) have received money from the MED to develop their product, and now want to patent it? Maybe charge other NZ companies money if they develop something similar? Please, this is faeces.

    Watch a video of their search product here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rwbf56g66k&feature=related

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