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[News] Europe Poisoned by ACTA-esque Abuse

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Further News Concerning the EU Project "Enhancing The Patent System In Europe"

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| With Document 9549/09, on May 08, 2009, the Czech EU Presidency has addressed 
| the EU Permanent Representatives Committee COREPER (Part 1) concerning the 
| preparation of the EU Competitiveness Council of May 28 - 29, 2009 with 
| regard to the project titled Enhancing the patent system in Europe 
| concerning:    
|     * Proposal for a Regulation of the Council on the Community patent, and
|     * Draft Agreement creating a Unified Patent Litigation System.
| At its meeting on December 01, 2008, the EU Competitiveness Council had taken 
| note of a progress report prepared by the French Presidency (Document 
| 16006/08) and instructed the Working Party to continue work on the patent 
| litigation system and the Community patent with a view to finding solutions 
| and reaching agreement in both areas as soon as possible. In line with this 
| Council mandate, the Czech Presidency has convened six Working Party meetings 
| so far, with about equal time having been devoted to the unified patent 
| litigation system and the Community patent. 


PCT II - A Step Towards A "World Patent"?

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| Recently WIPO has published Document PCT/WG/2/12 for the second session of 
| the PCT Working Group to be held in Geneva from May 04 to 08, 2009. 
| The above-cited document contains a proposal by the United States Patent and 
| Trademark Office (USPTO) for a comprehensive revision of the international 
| patent system which would result in the establishment of a new Patent 
| Cooperation Treaty, PCT II....According to the Document it is envisioned that 
| applications receiving a positive report at the end of the 
| international/national processing would essentially result in automatic 
| patent grants in all member States.      



Litigation of High-Tech Patents

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| While each patent dispute is unique, most fit the profile of one of a limited
| number of patent litigation stories. A dispute between an independent
| inventor and a large company, for instance, is often cast in “David v.
| Goliath” terms. When two large companies fight over patents, in contrast,
| they are said to be playing the “sport of kings.” Some corporations engage
| in “defensive patenting” in order to deter others from suing them. Patent
| licensing and enforcement entities who sue have been labeled “trolls.”
| Finally, observers of the patent system call the use of patent litigation to
| impose or exploit financial distress “patent predation.”


Golan Case May Put US In Violation Of International Copyright Treaties

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| By limiting copyright restoration, the ruling might prevent the US from
| fulfilling its obligations under the Berne Convention and the World Trade
| Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property
| Rights (TRIPS).


EFF sues Obama administration for promised access to secret copyright treaty

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| Rebecca from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "The U.S. government is
| still blocking the release of information about a secret intellectual
| property trade agreement with broad implications for privacy and innovation
| around the world, despite the Obama administration's promises to run a more
| open government. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) could
| establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise
| of anti-counterfeiting measures, but no one knows for sure the state of this
| pact, as the government is hiding the details. EFF is calling on the feds to
| change their minds, and will keep fighting this in court."


European Commission On ACTA: TRIPS Is Floor Not Ceiling

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| The EU Commission is “committed to improve the international legal framework
| for IP protection” and sees “ACTA as one way to reach that goal,” Devigne
| said. There was no intention to duplicate TRIPS. Rather, “we want to go
| beyond it,” he said, adding, “TRIPS is the floor, not the ceiling.”


The ACTA draft treaty is covering patent infringement

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| Wikileaks has published some drafts of the secret ACTA treaty, which aims to
| give better guns to Patent Trolls. The draft mentions that it covers all the
| rights covered by TRIPS, so it will cover also patents.


Goodbye WIPO, Hello ACTA?

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| What is really remarkable about this is that Greve can even be asking WIPO to
| consider free software and open standards: a few years ago, such a thing
| would have amounted to blasphemy.
|  Sadly, there is another sign that WIPO is becoming more accommodating to the
|  ideas behind free software: the fact that there seems to be a move to come
|  up with an alternative forum for promoting intellectual monopolies where it
|  will not be so easy to participate.


New ACTA copyright treaty dodges the UN, poor countries and activists

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| Michael Geist sez, "The World Intellectual Property Organization may be best
| known for the Internet treaties that led to the DMCA, but in recent years
| groups like EFF, KEI, and Public Knowledge has helped to open things up and
| move toward a Development Agenda that better balances international
| intellectual property policy. That progress may be threatened by the
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which officials now acknowledge is
| designed to exclude WIPO, developing countries, and NGOs."


Leaked ACTA Draft: More Power to the RIAA

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| A recent draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
| (ACTA) surfaced on Wikileaks this weekend. Among other things, the draft aims
| to strengthen the power and rights of the entertainment industry and other
| copyright holders, by letting them choose how they want to be compensated for
| copyright infringements.


Classified US, Japan and EU ACTA trade agreement drafts, 2009

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| The file presents US, Japan and EU drafts of the controversial international
| copyright and patent trade agreement, ACTA ("Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
| Agreement"). The documents were obtained by Wikileaks staff.

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