New Zealand Legislators Say Software should be Inpatentable

New Zealand Legislators Say Software should be Inpatentable

New Zealand legislators have proposed a bill which would make it impossible to patent software. The bill, which is going through the process for patent reform, clearly indicates that software should not be patentable.

If this bill becomes a law, then it will create friction with US ACTA negotiators, who about to make software patents standard internationally.

They are recognized in a few countries. The court decision which started the software patent chaos in the US has been reinterpreted recently and it has managed to invalidate all of them.

Software has been the most controversial patent subject matter, along with the business processes for many years. It is the main reason behind the current smartphone patent war.

Under the Patents Act 1953 computer programs can be patented in New Zealand. But since 1980, open source, or free, software has gained popularity.

A lot of submitters state that there is no creative step in software development, as the new software unavoidably builds on existing software. Software patents can strangle innovation as well as competition. Some opine that too much patenting is a bad thing.

General: 
Region: