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[News] Risk of US Colonisation of EPO (Software Patents) in National Journal

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Beyond Bickering

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| The May agenda takes up a number of problems. For starters, the E.U. wants to 
| draw a road map for harmonizing patent law. Progress could be slow, however, 
| because U.S. reform has bogged down in Congress and the European Commission 
| may not have the legal right to amend the European Patent Convention.   


UK business method patent struck out

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| The patent (number 2,171,877) relates to a method of making pre-paid 
| telephone calls that is available for use from any telephone, and t[he] 
| hardware for doing so.  
| In a ruling dated May 23, His Honour Judge Fysh (sitting as a High Court 
| judge) found the patent invalid on the grounds of obviousness - based on a 
| study of the prior art - and excluded matter under Article 52 of the European 
| Patent Convention.   



[ffii] McCreevy wants to legalise Software Patents via a US-EU patent treaty

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| Brussels, 13 May 2008 -- European Commissioner McCreevy is pushing for a
| bilateral patent treaty with the United States. This Tuesday 13 May in
| Brussels, White House and European representatives will try to adopt a
| tight roadmap for the signature of a EU-US patent treaty by the end of
| the year. Parts of the proposed treaty will contain provision on
| software patents, and could legalise them on both sides of the Atlantic.
| "TEC talks are the current push for software patents. The US want to
| eliminate the higher standards of the European Patent Convention. The
| bilateral agenda is dictated by multinationals gathered in the
| Transatlantic Economic Business Dialogue (TABD). When you have a look
| who is in the Executive Board of the TABD, you find not a single
| European SME in there", says Benjamin Henrion, a Brussels based patent
| policy specialist.
| The Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which comprises EU and US high
| level representatives put a substantive harmonisation of patent law on
| its agenda. Substantive patent law covers what is patentable or not. The
| attempt to impose the low US standards on Europe via the Substantive
| Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) process utterly failed at the World
| Intellectual Property Organisation. Also progress in the WIPO B+
| subgroup (without development nations) could not be reached.

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