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NZRise: Software Patents and the TPP

By NZRise, 10 July 2012

We recommend amending clause 15 to include computer programs among inventions that may not be patented. A number of submitters argue that there is no “inventive step” in software development, as “new” software inevitably builds on existing software. They felt that computer software should be excluded from patent protection as software patents can stifle innovation…

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