Software Patents pushed via Free Trade Agreements

USA/Jordan Convention of October 24th, 2000 on intellectual property

http://www.ustr.gov/regions/eu-med/middleeast/US-JordanFTA.shtml

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FREE TRADE AREA
The Government of the United States of America ("United States") and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ("Jordan"), recognizing the need to promote adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights, to provide enhanced intellectual property protection to account for the latest technological developments, and to promote greater efficiency and transparency in the administration of intellectual property systems in order to strengthen the international trading system; Agree,

5. Jordan shall take all steps necessary to clarify that the exclusion from patent protection of "mathematical methods" in Article 4(B) of Jordan's Patent Law does not include such "methods" as business methods or computer-related inventions