According to Ars Technica, Germany has decided to vote against all changes to current European patent laws. In a statement given to demonstrators in Germany, Federal Department of Justice Minsterial Director Elmar Hucko read the riot act to the EC: ‘Under no circumstances do we want American procedures in Europe’, Hucko vowed with regard to the US patent process. ‘A patent must be “a fair reward for a bona fide invention and not abused as a strategy to bludgeon competitors.’ With the largest EU member against software patents and French IT leaders lobbying their goverment to vote against them too, Europe might be saved from software patents. At least for a while.
I have a friend in the US who is going to be pleased with this firm standpoint of the EU.