[A2k] current situation with software patents in New Zealand

Ciarán O'Riordan ciaran at member.fsf.org
Wed Feb 6 07:10:15 PST 2013

Hi Susan, (and anyone else that might work on this)

I've been working a little on the NZ legislation since 2009.

An overview is here:


(some parts are outdated.  It's a wiki: updates really appreciated!)

The new version (which allows software patents) was written at the request
of IBM and Microsoft, as documented here:


IBM and MS recommend a "European style" exclusion of software patents
because they know that Europe's exclusion excludes almost nothing.  The
European situation looks good because there's not much litigation, but
that's only because it's been historically very expensive (many
jurisdictions and languages).

There is an anti-swpat petition at: http://no.softwarepatents.org.nz/

The proposed wording isn't great, but a new petition is only worthwhile if
it will get more signatures than this one.  If anyone wants to work on this
legislation, or knows groups that might/should work on it, please let me

Ciarán O'Riordan
+32 (0) 485 118 029

http://EndSoftwarePatents.org/ - http://en.swpat.org/

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