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2012-12-10 13:17 (last update: 2012-12-11 19:40) Luca Saiu

European unitary patent amendments

Please call the Members of the European Parliament right now, asking them to support amendments 74 and 76 on the Unitary Patent directive.

  • Amendment 74 restates that software is not patentable, as already expressed by the European Parliament in 2003 and 2005;
  • amendment 76 makes explicit the legislator’s control, in particular the European Parliament’s. Without this amendment the European Patent Office would not be accountable to enforce any limit on patentability, thus opening the door to unlimited US-style patenting of abstract ideas including pure software.

All amendments, including 74 and 76:

The plenary vote will take place on Tuesday, December 11th 2012. Please call or send an e-mail right now.

You can find more information at


Update: the European Parliament has adopted the text and rejected the amendments above.

— Luca Saiu, 2012-12-10 13:17 (last update: 2012-12-11 19:40)

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