The full draft has now been leaked. For easier linking, searching, reading, and quoting I’m making a text version:

This the the same draft as earlier leak – the "January 18th 2010 consolidated text", but that earlier leak was a partial text. This one is the full document.

The treaty will not touch whether software is patentable or not, but it is of concern to End Software Patents because it will give all patent holders a range of new powers (even bypassing the courts), will expand liability, and will increase the legal risks of developing products in patentable fields. Whether we like it or not, software patents are being upheld in some countries, so this will affect us.

Detailed analyses will appear in the coming days -I hope to write one for myself- but for now I’m writing to point you to the leak text.

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