ZDNET: "A recent government-commissioned study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute
for Systems and Innovation Research and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign
and Informational Patent, Copyright and Competition Law advised that Europe
should avoid the U.S. model, which allows patents on software that does not
have a technical effect. The German ministry voiced its support for the study
last week, concluding a long and controversial consultation period on
software patent law within the European Commission."
November 21, 2001