Gameplanet has reported this morning that the New Zealand government has passed a law called the New Patents Bill.
The bill will ban the enforcement of software patents for Kiwi developers.
Mario Wynands, MD of PikPok, told GP: "“We are aware of major patents in the gaming space such as the ‘Ghost Car’ patent currently held by Warner Bros., and the ‘loading screen minigame’ patent held by Namco, which we consciously stay away from as do others. Not being restricted by those patents downstream could certainly help make our games and those of others better.”
Paul Matthews, Institute of IT Professionals chief executive, added: "[I]t is almost impossible for genuine technology companies to create new software without breaching some of the hundreds of thousands of software patents that exist, often for very obvious work."
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