MANHASSET, N.Y. A measure that could allow widespread software patenting in Europe was unexpectedly tabled Tuesday (Dec. 21) by the European Union's Council in Brussels. Belgium. The decision to remove the issue from a vote was spearheaded by Poland.
The measure, formally called the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID), could be taken up at a later date, but its opponents have been increasing in number and a delay is likely to help opponents rather than supporters.
"The Polish government deserves greatest admiration," said Florian Mueller, campaign manager of NoSoftwarePatents.com, in a statement.
"Now Europe has the opportunity to have a constructive debate on the severe shortcomings of the (CIID.)" Mueller has led a consortium of open source software interests in Europe opposed to the CIID.