It looks like the EU's on-again off-again attempt to create a single European-wide method of patenting software is off again, for good. The bill would have given patentees EU-wide protection for computerized inventions (including computer programs when the software is used in the context of realizing inventions). The European Parliament has rejected the bill, and the European Commission (which drafted the bill) has stated it will not submit any more versions.
Proponents of the failed bill claim this means continued inconsistency and uncertainty with regard to software patenting in Europe. Others are pleased with the bill's failure, saying it would have stifled development and resulted in expensive legal battles over unclear laws.
As a result, patents will continue to be subject to national laws throughout Europe; game developers seeking patent protection in Europe will not have a one-stop-shop, but will have to proceed to seek patents in individual countries.
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