Friday, July 16, 2010

Software is Unpatentable in NZ

There's a blow to certain people who think otherwise.

Posted by Paul Matthews at 12:52 on Thursday, July 15. 2010 in NZCS Blog
Despite what appears to be a big-budget lobbying effort by the pro-patent fraternity, Hon Simon Power announced today that he wouldn't be modifying the proposed Patents Bill hence software will be unpatentable once the Bill passes into law.
This is significant. As we've previously pointed out software patents aren't black and white, and there are certainly pros and cons. However on balance, we believe they represent a far greater risk to smaller NZ-based software providers than opportunity, and there are many cases where they have significantly stifled innovation.Interesting. Software is unpatentable in New Zealand.

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