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Isgrimnur
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« on: August 28, 2013, 11:25:23 PM »

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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.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 02:30:36 AM »

The law is written vaguely enough that a "ban" is not entirely correct.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013, 02:36:41 AM »

Thanks for the clarification.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 02:40:26 AM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 29, 2013, 02:36:41 AM

Thanks for the clarification.

Yeah.  Gotta love a ban that is not entirely a ban.

Leave it up to the courts!
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