“On Friday the 7th of June the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and the rights of the copyright holders should not be devalued by third parties’ software patents.Â The only exception where patents should be allowed are computer programs which replace a mechanical or electromagnetic component. In addition the Parliament made clear that governmental actions related to patents must never interfere with the legality of distributing Free Software.”
see German Parliament tells government to strictly limit patents on software
With USA’s Supremes soon to revisit software patents, this should indicate a cure for this cancer and further freedom from the tyranny of M$ and Apple restricting competition in the markets of IT.