[free-software-melb] New Zealand drops pure software patents

Matt Giuca matt.giuca at gmail.com
Fri May 10 00:36:11 EST 2013


Wow, good show. Gay marriage and software patents in one month.


On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM, Alex Fraser <alex at phatcore.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It seems that our New Zealand friends have had some success in they battle
> against software patents:
>
>
> http://www.zdnet.com/new-zealand-drops-ability-to-patent-software-7000015109/
>
> Actually I thought they were already at this point, but I guess there was
> still some uncertaintly around it.
>
> The fact that software alone is now unpatentable in nz is great, but I
> still wonder about the details. Surely all software just makes the hardware
> it runs on perform its function better? It will be interesting to watch the
> first court cases.
>
> So New Zealand have beaten us once again!
>
> Alex
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