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European Commission and multinationals must respect decision on Software Patents

6 July, 2005

irective was potentially hazardous for the survival of Small to Medium size businesses (SME's) and will allow them to invest in software development instead of wasting money on legal battles in order to patent their products. The European Parliament has made it clear that it is not prepared to collude in a process whereby small businesses are disadvantaged at the expense of the large multinationals.

"Today's decision marks a clear defeat for both the European Commission and the huge multi-national corporations who lobbied hard for the retention of this directive. I am content that this will help secure jobs and the sustainability of the SME sector." ENDS

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