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[News] Cronies in Europe Try to Legalise Software Patents for Monopolists

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Has this been a term of endearment?

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| MEPs locked horns with the Commission again in 2005 over a proposal to 
| harmonise patent protection law for computer-implemented inventions, dubbed 
| the ‘software patents' directive. MEPs demanded that Charlie McCreevy, the 
| European commissioner for the internal market, revise the draft legislation, 
| but he refused on the grounds that EU governments supported its objective. An 
| overwhelming majority of MEPs voted to reject the proposal in second reading, 
| the first time the Parliament had ever used this power.      


Certain computer programs are patentable according to the UK IPO.

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| The Patents Act says that something cannot be patented if it consists only of 
| a program for a computer. The IPO has historically been stricter in denying 
| software patents than European patent authorities, despite UK law being based 
| on the European Patent Convention, on which the European Patent Office bases 
| its decisions. The US allows software to be patented. The UK IPO now states 
| that Software that allows programmers to program a mobile phone system 
| remotely from a computer can be patented because it is more than just a 
| software program. The ruling overturns an initial decision that the invention 
| is unpatentable because it consists of nothing more than a computer program.        



Ambassador's Corner

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| Announcing this breakthrough, the Internal Market Commissioner, Charlie
| McCreevy said:
| Charlie McCreevy“European businesses find the current patent litigation
| system complex, slow and costly.”
| He predicted that the new unified system, with a dedicated unified patent
| court, would make patent litigation more predictable, faster and less
| expensive.


McCreevy appeals for compromise as Community patent clock continues to tick

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| That the commissioner still feels he has to make this point seems to me to be
| a further confirmation that the hoped for breakthrough under the French
| presidency which people were talking about earlier this year is in real
| danger of not taking place. And if it does not happen with France in charge
| of the European Council, then the likelihood of it ever happening must be
| pretty remote.


Protecting innovation in Europe


European Parliament of Enterprises: Businesses take over Parliament Hemicycle
and vote

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| Commenting on the general outcome of the event, EUROCHAMBRES President Pierre
| Simon said: “The views of an individual business, especially a small or
| medium-sized one, are easy to ignore, but these 750 plus entrepreneurs convey
| the concerns of 23 million businesses across Europe, so their cumulative
| impact is enormous.  Policy makers, starting with the European Council
| tomorrow, must take notice of their concerns and work with them closely in
| finding solutions that will enable Europe to come out of recession and
| compete globally.”


Surely Shome Mishtake?

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| Got that? After one of the worst economic crises in recent history, caused by
| pyramids of non-existent wealth being constructed on totally fictitious
| financial instruments, they now want to use "intellectual property"
| as "collateral" in commerce - that is, more totally ficitious financial
| istruments to create another pyramid of non-existent wealth.



[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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