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In Historic Vote, New Zealand Bans Software Patents


August 30, 2013

Patent claims can’t cover computer programs “as such.”

by – Aug 29 2013, 5:50am AEST – Originally published: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/in-historic-vote-new-zealand-bans-software-patents/#! 

A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand’s Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents.

The relevant clause of the patent bill actually states that a computer program is “not an invention.” Some have suggested that was a way to get around the wording of the TRIPS intellectual property treaty, which requires patents to be “available for any inventions, whether products or processes, in all fields of technology.” Continue reading