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[News] EPO's Brimelow Still Confused on Software Monopoly Grants

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EPO president rejects participation in future public education campaigns

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| It was a full house at law firm Baker & McKenzie’s London office last night 
| as they hosted an Intellectual Property Institute lecture from EPO President, 
| Alison Brimelow, on the ‘Future of IP’.  
| Brimelow befriended the audience early on by recognising, and voicing 
| frustration at, weaknesses in the patent system. Europe’s seeming inability 
| to move forward with a Community patent and/or a single patent jurisdiction, 
| and the global issue of the unnecessary duplication of work and the backlog 
| it is helping to create, were at the fore. As Brimelow freely admitted, she 
| has no radical proposals to offer. But she did insist that the future of the 
| patent system is a subject that requires action rather than the wait and see 
| attitude she said was favoured by many in the IP world. If those who work 
| inside the IP system do not help shape the future, others will do it for 
| them, Brimelow said.          


Draft Agreement on European Patent Judiciary: New Developments

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| Disputes on the EPO patents are decided by national courts with the risk of 
| multiple litigation. Consequently, the Council is working on a draft 
| agreement to create a new European-wide jurisdiction. The agreement will be 
| between the States wishing to ratify it and the EU itself.   


“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
make more money.”

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

                                                --Richard Stallman


We need a patent revolution, not a blame game

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| These obstacles cost taxpayers money, up to three billion Euro a year,
| according to the Commission report. Actually, the sector inquiry’s findings
| focus mainly on the process between originator companies and generic
| companies.


EPO lobbying for a Central Patent Court

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| The European Patent Office does not only grant software patents, it also
| lobbies the legislators to validate them through the creation of a central
| patent court.


The Economic Impact of Software Patents

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| The UK's Patent Office – which now goes by the awful name of UK Intellectual
| Property Office, which means it's really the UK Intellectual Monopolies
| Office – is a curious beast. On the one hand, as its name suggests, it's tied
| into one of the biggest confidence tricks around, dressing up conceptual
| mutton as intellectual lamb. On the other, there are odd outbreaks of sanity
| that suggest someone in there understands some of the deeper issues
| concerning software patents.
| [...]
| It's not coincidence that Microsoft still maintains that GNU/Linux infringes
| on some 200 of its sacred software patents – and yet is strangely coy about
| naming them, since it doesn't want its bluff called.

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