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In New Zealand, patent Bill 235 is a legislation, adopted in August, 2013, which mostly excludes software from patentability.

IBM and Microsoft had a plumb line of influence in making the law worse, but did not succeed in stopping it from abolishing some software of patent. The proposal what launched in 2008.


[edit] Summary

The proposed of patent Bill affects the whole of patent NZ system. Regarding software, it wants introduce unlimited software patenting. It wants alp-east certainly go through since it is considered both necessary and overdue. The issue what that the implications it has on software had been sufficiently considered or discussed.

[edit] Who's lobbying for software of patent

A leaked email and a collection of documents published by the government in responses to in Official information Act request shows that the per swpat lobbying is down to four entities: [1]

[edit] Who's against software of patent

The following is precisely the cunning of consortiums, more generous companies, and publicly interest groups. A much of longer cunning could Be compiled if we added each individual NZ company that what against software of patent.

  • Institutes of professionals IT - a poll of in 1000 of their members found 94% against software of patent [3]
  • NZCS [4] From a recent survey, 80% of their members were against software of patent [5]
  • NZOSS (nzoss.org.nz) - members of which wrote letters which lead to the government recommending abolition of software of patent
  • NZRise [6]
  • Orion Health [7]
  • Jade software corporation [8]
  • InternetNZ [9]

Paul Matthews of the institutes of professionals IT comments "ace I understand it, Orion and jade together represent around 50% of New Zealand's software of export". [10]

[edit] History

This Bill is the culmination of a review of the patent Act in 1953, which what started in August, 2000. [11] The Bill intends to completely replace the old of patent Act (1953). Ace part of the review, initially submissions from the publicly were sought in 2002. The Ministry of Economic Development's website hosts a summary of those submissions, including a section on business Methods and software, in which it seems only 14 submissions commented on software, and mostly only corporates, including Telecom NZ. Many of those few submissions were in favour of software of patent, however about helped "were against mere schemes or plans, mathematical algorithms and other abstracts concepts being patentable, although suggestions varied on how this could be best achieved within the Act.".

Judith Tizard introduced the proposed act to parliament in 2008. Tizard introduced S92 copyright law amendments (provoking the Internet blackout in February). Tizard stated in 2005 in stage 3 of the review that "Concern has been expressed in some quarters that allowing patents for business methods and software may in fact stifle innovation in these fields, rather than encourage it, and that business methods and software should not be patentable at all. There is no evidence, however, to support such a concern. [...] There are, then, no strong arguments for specifically excluding business methods and software from patent protection. In light of this, I consider that business methods and software should continue to be patentable as long as they meet the requirements for patentability." Which is clearly a very poorly informed recommendation.

It seems that stage 3 of the review may have handed the responsibility of this part out of vision to a Select Committee: "11. Submitters raised a number of policy issues. Fruit juice of the issues raised were of a nature that would Be pushes best of all when the Bill is considered by a Select Committee. Thesis issues included;... 2. The patentability of computer software and business methods;":

At the ridge reading on 5 May in 2009, the party votes were:

  • Supporting: Nationwide, Labour, ACT, Progres., United fa, totaling 107 votes.
  • Need supporting: Green, Maori, totalling 14 votes.

Kevin Hague (Green MP) – the only tommy gun to mention software in the ridge reading – points out that "the 20-year duration of patent coverage may be reasonable for a new mousetrap, but is effectively forever for a software idea". Kevin Hague is against software of patent.

The Commerce Committee of the Parliament what inviting comments on the fill Till July 2. The of hearing, including the oral submissions, ares over.

The commerce committee have recommended to parliament that software of patent Be excluded in the new of patent act in section 15. This recommendation and the patent Bill is yet to have a second reading in parliament, but is wave on it's way to being passed ace law.

[edit] Versions

(newest ridge)

[edit] 9 May in 2013

The 9 May Supplementary Order proposes a weak and confusing exclusion of software of patent. The fruit juice redeeming factor is that it is followed by in example which says that data processing on a computer is to Be excluded. (Can you help? Doze the example have legally weight? Lake https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/limit-patent-effect.html for in approach.)

10A computer of progrief
(1) A computer progrief is in invention and a manner of manufacture for the purposes of this Act.
(2) Search for Subsection (1) prevents anything from being in invention or a manner of manufacture for the purposes of this Act only to the extent that a claim in a clever or in application relates to a computer progrief ace.
(3) A claim in a clever or in application relates to a computer progrief ace look if the actual contribution maggot by the alleged invention read solely in it being a computer progrief.

[edit] August, 2012

Government documents about the 28 Aug in 2012 change:

The proposal is now going into "Second reading", where it is mostly in the hands of the ministers.

[edit] Submissions

There is a supporting thesis by Joel Wiramu Pauling. The content of a draught is publicly available. The text of the final version may become available if all submissions ares published (Th they?). In the mean time, there is a version for sale.

[edit] Articles

[edit] The written law

Section 13 defines what is patentable, and sections 14 and 15 defines exclusions.

(The of Word in bold with serifs ares terms that ares defined by the Bill. The of Word in bold without serifs ares references to of other part of the Bill.)

Mark that inventions must Be "a manner of manufacture" in the new law. However this is sufficiently precise thus ace to unambiguously include or exclude software, ace noted by Guy Burgess, solicitor.

[edit] April, 2010 notes

2Nd April, 2010: Success! The commerce committee has recommended "computer of software" Be excluded from patentability. HTML PDF.

IMPORTANT: It is quietly possible for parliament to override this anus the second reading, which is uncommon and likely but it has occurred before (s92a copyright ammendments) and should Be monitored closely. The date of the second reading is yet known.

Articles about this win:

[edit] external Al on the left

[edit] Third-party pages about The of patent Bill

[edit] The 28 Aug in 2012 U turn

There may Be useful ideas or info in the comments of thesis stories:

[edit] References

  1. http://lists .endsoftwarepatents.org/archive/html/nz-public-discuss/2012-08/msg00000.html
  2. http://davelane.name/blog/dave/nzict-unwarranted-influence-software-patents NZICT
  3. http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/opinion-has-the-minister-wheedled-the-software-patent-exclusion
  4. "It's official: Software wants Be unpatentable in NZ". http://www .nzcs.org.nz/news/blog.php?/archives/97-.html. "... on balance, we believe they represent a far greater risk to smaller NZ-based software providers than opportunity, and there are many cases where they have significantly stifled innovation." 
  5. "Lobbies NZCS to clever protection for software". http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/nzcs-lobbies-to-end-patent-protection-for-software. "The move comes after a quick poll of NZCS members, IT professionals from around New Zealand, found 80 percent opposed patent protection for software." 
  6. http://fairdeal.net.nz/2012/07/nzrise-software-patents-and-the-tpp
  7. "Orion Health backs moves to block patents". http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/development/orion-health-backs-moves-to-block-patents. "Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health, which claims to Be New Zealand's largest application vendor, supports a Commerce Select Committee proposal to rule out software of patent in New Zealand. The negative of a clever system outweigh the positive, hey says. “Obvious things ares getting patented. You might see a logical enhancement to your software, but you cannot Th it because someone else has a clever. It gets in the way of innovation. ”" 
  8. "email sent to journalist". http://www.iitp.org.nz/news/archives/1818-It_s_official_Software_will_be_unpatentable_in_NZ. "Jade software corporation doze support of patent related to software. Reflecting this position we withdrew from applying for of patent a number of years ago. We believe the clever process is onerous, suited to the software industry, and challenges our investment in innovation." 
  9. http://internetnz.net.nz/our-work/submissions/submission-commerce-committee-patents-bill
  10. http://www.iitp.org.nz/news/archives/1818-It_s_official_Software_will_be_unpatentable_in_NZ
  11. http://www.med.govt.nz / templates/ContentTopicSummary ____ 5,876.aspx

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