ZDNet UK has a detailed article on the heating-up of the software patent debate in Europe. A new motion before the European Parliament calls for a harmonised patent court (EPLA) that would be able to enforce software patents across Europe. This comes just 15 months after the EP rejected the infamous Computer Implemented Inventions directive. Meanwhile in the states, a new study proves that the software industry is not (yet) dead. Disclaimer: I am a programmer and I am against software patents.