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Software patents get complicated

Software Patents: the Difference between Excluding Computer Programs as Such and Excluding Computer Programs as Such

By Doug Calhoun for sticK

(sticK - 23 May 2013 ) The Patents Bill has had a tortuous ride through Parliament – to say the least. Introduced in 2008, it was reviewed by a select committee in 2009 and reported back in March 2010. In September 2012, the bill finally got its second reading that featured a heated debate over the exclusion from patent eligibility of “a computer program as such”.

Since then the committee stage (when the “as such” wording would be voted on) has been delayed.
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