(of sorts), The Directive has been dropped after the two sides came to a near unanimous decision, after both feared pushing further would result in their loss. There are up and downsides to this though, the upside is “yay, no E.U. decision saying software patents are legal”, the downside is there’s not a directive saying they’re not. This means that each government is now responsible for their own software patent laws.
Unfortunately precedent says software patents are ok in the UK (although in a very murky, grey sort of area) and the UKPO’s software patent policy agrees, but qualifies it with the undefined “ only if a technological innovation is involved”. so I guess it’s back to writing to my M.P. to persuade her to try and get them definitely banned.
:/, I’d rather deal with M.E.Ps than Engels.