In historic vote, New Zealand bans software patents

Posted by BernardSwiss on Aug 28, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand's Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents. The relevant clause of the patent bill actually states that a computer program is "not an invention." Some have suggested that was a way to get around the wording of the TRIPS intellectual property treaty, which requires patents to be "available for any inventions, whether products or processes, in all fields of technology."

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