EU rejects software patents proposal

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EU rejects software patents proposal

The European Parliament on Wednesday morning put the final nail in the coffin of the European Union’s controversial IT patenting proposal, voting overwhelmingly to reject the proposed directive.

The Parliament voted 648 to 14 with 18 abstentions to reject the directive, which would have become EU law if approved in its current form. The European Commission, which originated the proposal, said it respected the Parliament’s decision and said it would stand by its earlier promise not to put forward another proposal on the issue.

Read the complete story. (eWeek)