Merry Christmas from Poland

Summary:Just when things were looking bleak, Poland's undersecretary of science and information, Wlodzimierz Marcinski stepped in and saved the day. Despite widespread opposition, and a lack of majority support, the EU Council was set to push through the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive at a meeting of the Agricultural und Fishery Council.

Just when things were looking bleak, Poland's undersecretary of science and information, Wlodzimierz Marcinski stepped in and saved the day.

Despite widespread opposition, and a lack of majority support, the EU Council was set to push through the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive at a meeting of the Agricultural und Fishery Council. As P.J. of Groklaw put it, the pro-patent forces are "terrified of an honest vote."

This is good news, for now, but the patent directive is likely to resurface in 2005. This time, however, it looks as though the cards are stacked a little more fairly and the European Union may be able to avoid the same software patent quagmire that is hampering the U.S.

Topics: EU

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Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is the community manager for openSUSE, a community Linux distro sponsored by Novell. Prior to joining Novell, Brockmeier worked as a technology journalist primarily covering the Linux and FOSS beat, and wrote for a number of publications, such as Linux Magazine, Linux.com, Sys Admin, UnixReview.com, IBM developer... Full Bio

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