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[News] IAM Magazine Denies Software Patents Come to EU from Back Door

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Round-up - Euro patents; pharma strategy; Japanese innovation; harmonisation

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| Finally, the Digital Majority website – which is very firmly in the 
| anti-software patent camp – is reporting, in somewhat of an alarmist manner, 
| that the US and Europe are long to do a deal on harmonising laws concerning 
| patenting software. It’s not true, of course, but there may be some grain of 
| reality in the fact that the European Commission and the US government are at 
| least discussing the potential alignment of some aspects of their respective 
| patent regimes. It is something that we reported on last year.      


Conference on this issue is on its way:

EUPACO-3: EU vs EPO and Patent Litigation (3rd June, Brussels)

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| With our third European Patent Conference we look again into means of 
| enhancing the patent system in Europe. With the planned Community Patent and 
| the European Patent Court in stormy waters and intense debate on the future 
| patent framework in the EU under the French presidency, patent policy stays 
| an ever amazing, controversial field.    



[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.


The ghost of software patents is back!

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| Life is never easy for an open source evangelist. The OOXML drama came to a
| close on 2nd April 2008 and we were on to our next issue -- software patents.
| The Draft Patent Manual might end up bringing software patents through the
| back door. this would be surprising because the Indian parliament explicitly
| rejected software patents in the Patent Amendment Act 2005. In this blog, I
| am including extracts from a letter that I sent to the Patent Office on 11th
| April 2008. The deadline for comments was 15th April 2008.

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