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Software unpatentable in New Zealand

Posted by Cheng Soon Ong on July 16, 2010

In contrast to the bad news we had recently about Germany (no not about football), we have good news elsewhere. Perhaps it would turn out to be premature, but it seems like New Zealand will soon have a law that disallows software patents. This was recently announced by New Zealand's commerce minister Simon Power. There is a caveat though that inventions containing embedded software can be patented.

More discussion of the repercussions and also some thoughts about the Bilski case in the US can be found at the New Zealand Computer Society blog.

Why shouldn't software be patentable? Well, because it is abstract, and we do not want to allow 1+1=2 to be patented.


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