The turnaround of the EU to the dark side of US software
patent style has not worked out quite as succesful for
the IP lords so far.
Perhaps dragging this issue for another few years in the EU
is just enough before the whole patent system will collapse all
together. Remember that by 2013 there will be a stock
of 1 million stupid patent applications be waiting for
analysis by the USPTO, and the patent database will be
a black hole infringing itself from one side to the other.