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[News] McCreevy and Cronies Try to Choke Innovation in Europe

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[More (i.e. poorer) patents = more lawsuits, less innovation]

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.    


Whose pockets are McCreevy and Sarko in?


Term Extension “will damage Commission’s reputation”, top legal advisers tell

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| Today, the leading European centres for intellectual property research have
| released a joint letter to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso,
| enclosing an impact assessment detailing the far reaching and negative
| effects of the proposal to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings.
| [...] “This Copyright Extension Directive, proposed by Commissioner Mccreevy,
| is likely to damage seriously the reputation of the Commission..."


[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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