"It's a miracle of miracles, but it appears that we agree on something with Thomas Vinje, legal counsel to the Microsoft Hater's Caucus, and anti-software patent campaigner, Peter Hintjens. On Friday, 2452653782_5089c64847_m.jpg Alison Brimelow, president of the European Patent Office, referred how to assess the patentability of software-related inventions to the enlarged board of appeal (EBoA). It is expected to bring some clarity about what is patentable at the EPO. An IDG story on the decision, quoted ACT President Jonathan Zuck, Vinje, and Hintjens all agreeing that this was a good move. They couldn't disagree more about what decisions the EBoA should arrive at, but all agreed that we need clarity at this point."