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New Zealand bans software patents

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    New Zealand bans software patents


    New Zealand has finally passed a new Patents Bill that will effectively outlaw software patents after five years of debate, delay and intense lobbying from multinational software vendors.

    Aptly-named Commerce Minister Craig Foss welcomed the modernisation of patents law, saying it marked a "significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand".
    “By clarifying the definition of what can be patented, we are giving New Zealand businesses more flexibility to adapt and improve existing inventions, while continuing to protect genuine innovations,” Foss said.
    New Zealand bans software patents | ZDNet

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    If that means what it seems to, good.
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    Good for them.
    This is despite them having a Conservative Government too.

    Once again, New Zealand makes Australia look like a US "lap dog".
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Once again, New Zealand makes Australia look like a US "lap dog".
    You are right that we are not a lap dog, we are far to small. I would put us more as a handbag dog. Especially after passing the GCSB Bill.
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    Good news indeed - BTW the Kiwi's were also at the fore-front of "forcing" insurance companies (through legal means of course) to grant life cover to those that would normally be declined - so ya, good on you guys down there...

    (now go learn to play rugby properly...LOL )
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    Quote Originally Posted by McRuff View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Once again, New Zealand makes Australia look like a US "lap dog".
    You are right that we are not a lap dog, we are far to small. I would put us more as a handbag dog. Especially after passing the GCSB Bill.
    I "loved" this bit.
    Earlier today, during the third and final reading of the bill, Mr Key said if he could disclose some of the briefings he had had about risks to New Zealand it would "cut dead'' some of the opposition to the GCSB bill, but he could not divulge them.
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    Maybe NZ will lead the way for the rest of the world.
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