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Patent Law

  1. New Zealand Kills Software Patents

    The past few months have been a rocky time for patent law in New Zealand. Its millions of citizens and many more millions of sheep have been on the edges of their seats and pastures waiting to see what the NZ government ultimately decides regarding whether software can be patented. Well, the decision has just come in: Software is unpatentable. At least for now.

    Some background on why we can't be sure this won't change many more times: Back in March, there was an official announcement made by the NZ government that they felt software was outside the boundaries of patent law. And software programmers rejoiced in their abundance of wool products. But then, in June, it appeared that they had changed their minds after the work of some powerful pro-patent lobbyists. And with all the headlines that came out then compared to the ones coming out now, it makes you wonder how many times the phrase "after all" can apply to a single issue.

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