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New Zealand law to render software 'unpatentable'

The country's commerce minister has said he will not amend a Patents Bill, which will make software 'unpatentable'
Written by Luke Hopewell, Contributor on

New Zealand's great software patent debate has come to a head on Thursday after commerce minister Simon Power said that he would make no further amendments to the country's new Patents Bill, which will make software "unpatentable".

However, the minister added that he would instruct the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) to draft new guidelines that would allow inventions that contain software to still be patentable.

Paul Matthews, chief executive of the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), said in a blog post that this development was significant, and that software patents "stifle innovation".

For more on this story, see New Zealand software to be 'unpatentable' on ZDNet Australia.

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