|Arlene McCarthy||Janelly Fourtou||Joachim Wuermeling||Malcolm Harbour||Willy Rothley|
In October, Malcolm Harbour showed dismay at the European Parliament's decision for real limits on patentability:
Parliament's approval of the Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions on 24 September should have given a boost to the EU's quest for a 'knowledge driven' economy. The Directive aims to clarify European Patent Law and give examiners clear grounds for refusing patents on software and business methods. However, MEPs voted to approve Socialist, Green and Liberal amendments which greatly complicate the proposal and render it largely unworkable. This is a disappointing result. We wanted to ensure that the EU did not go down the road of the USA in extending patents to computer software and business methods. This would be damaging to our economy and to the crucial IT sector. We now must wait for the Council and Commission to present a workable compromise proposal.
This statement was published in the e-mail newsletter of Geoffrey van Orden, Conservative MEP of the Eastern Region. Given that Mr. van Orden doesn't have any particular interest in software and that the statement closely reflects Malcolm Harbour's style and diction, we can be certain that it comes from Malcolm Harbour, the person in charge of the software patent directive on behalf of the UK conservative group in the Parliament.