New Zealand returns to abolition of software patents

New Zealand’s government has announced that they will not further modify their proposed bill and that they still agree with those “opposing the granting of patents for computer programs on the grounds it would stifle innovation and restrict competition.” (Background: New Zealand)

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  • Dan says:

    “New Zealand’s government has announced that they will not further modify their proposed bill and that they still agree with those “opposing the granting of patents for computer programs on the grounds it would stifle innovation and restrict competition.” (Background: New Zealand)”

    When you use quotes like that, the implication is that the quote appears in the statement you linked to. But it doesn’t, and actually says the opposite: “Minister announces way forward for software patents
    Commerce Minister Simon Power has instructed the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) to develop guidelines to allow inventions that contain embedded software to be patented.”

    • Ciaran says:

      The embedded software part could be hiding some danger, but I don’t think it spoils the general position that I quoted.

      A new microwave with software in it is an invention with embedded software. If the microwave company wants to patent their new microwave, that’s fine with us.

      The pro-swpat companies are very clever, so we’ll have to stay involved to ensure that the bill doesn’t get spoiled, but this is definitely winnable.