Monti 1997 at EPO Anniversary: Software Patents Needed

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A few months after his directorate hat published the "Green Paper on Patents" and thereby officially launched preparations for the project of a EU directive on software patents, the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Mario Monti, said in a speech in Munich what the purpose of this directive project was understood to be: "to protect computer software by patents, to the benefit of our software developers."

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