Summary: The New Zealand Computer Society, along with other groups, defends against invasion through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
TThe patent situation in New Zealand seemed like a done deal at one time, but according to articles we keep seeing, the multinational monopolists never rest and they are trying to construct new instruments to impose on New Zealand a law that the population clearly does not want. Keep an eye on reports like this:
Paul Matthews, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Computer Society, has expressed concern in the National Business Review over the possible reconsideration of the exclusion of computer programs from patent protection. As we reported in previous articles, it was always possible that this proposed legislation, whether intentionally or not, could be used as a bargaining chip in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Those in support of the software exclusion appear concerned this may now be a real possibility.
The situation in New Zealand in many way mirrors what goes on in Europe. Without reactionary activism, the monopolists will get their way. They almost always get their way at the end, unless the population rises up because it was shown the scandals. Later this year (maybe tomorrow) we will cover the situation in Europe, which is rather depressing. █