Poland delays discussion of EU software patents again

The European Union’s determination to push through the software patent directive received another setback at the hands of the Polish government yesterday. The Directive was due to be discussed by Council of Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday but has been delayed yet again

The Polish European Committee of the Council of Ministers (Komitet Europejski Rady Ministrow or KERM, item in the Agenda of the EU Council Meeting. Poland has asked for postponement until the end of the `necessary analyses` being conducted by Poland.

The news agency Reuters was told by a Luxembourg spokeswoman that `There was at one point the intention to put the item on today’s agenda. But in the end we could not put it on`.

The delay – the second in two months – will be seen as yet another tactical victory for the open source community which has been lobbying hard for Europe not to follow the US and allow the patenting of software.

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