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[News] South Africa on the Sneaky Attempts to Legalise Software Patents

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Millions for govt ICT 

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| By protecting the intellectual property rights of inventors and innovators, 
| patents promote innovation and creativity, the lifeblood of Europe's ability 
| to change with the times and remain competitive.  
| Given the huge importance of patents and the challenges in managing patent 
| rights across an increasingly borderless Europe, it is no surprise that 
| member states are working towards creating an EU-wide patenting system known 
| as the Community Patent.   


Local firms involved in producing new software must educate themselves about

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| Particularly in the US and Europe, various parties are lobbying for various 
| amendments to the legislation. Some want the scrapping of the relevant 
| restrictive sections in the legislation so that all kinds of business methods 
| and computer software will always be patentable as long as they are new and 
| inventive.    



Patent litigation reform to cut costs for SMEs

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| The European Commission is seeking powers from EU member states to conclude
| an agreement on a Unified Patent Litigation System (UPLS), which would
| establish a court with jurisdiction for existing European patents and the
| future Community patent system.
| [...]
| Under the UPLS, the ECJ would rule on preliminary questions raised by patent
| courts regarding the interpretation of EC law and regarding the validity and
| interpretation of acts from the Community institutions. The Commission will
| have to ensure that the rules of any draft agreement are consistent with the
| creation of a Community patentexternal.


Patents: EUROCHAMBRES welcomes negotiation mandate for the European Commission

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| Today, the European Commission requested from the Council a negotiation
| mandate on the European and Community Patent Court.


Bid to secure agreement on patent regime


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.



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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