The IPKat has received the following from James Heald:
European Parliament Committee overwhelmingly backs full restart on software patentsThe IPKat has stated before that further debate is a good idea. If the proposals on the table have any merit, that merit should be better understood by businesses affected by them. If however those proposals have no merit, there's no point in legislating them into reality.
The crucial Legal Affairs committee of the European Parliament, after hard cross-questioning of the EU Commissioner for Internal Market, has overwhelmingly voted 19 votes to 2 to recommend a full restart of the whole legislative process for the Software Patent directive. "Under the circumstances this is the best solution" (Arlene McCarthy, MEP).
FFII reports and comment here
Article by IDG's Brussels correspondent here