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Submission + - New Zealand set to prohibit software patents (

Drishmung writes: The New Zealand Commerce Minister Craig Foss today (9 May 2013) announced a significant change to the Patents Bill currently before parliament, replacing the earlier amendment with far clearer law and re-affirming that software really will be unpatentable in New Zealand.

An article on the Institute of IT Professionals web site by IT Lawyer Guy Burgess looks at the the bill and what it means, with reference to the law in other parts of the world such as the USA, Europe and Britain (which is slightly different from the EU situation).

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New Zealand set to prohibit software patents

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Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.