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[News] Patent Fronts Spread Across Europe (Including Ed Black, Who Received Millions from Microsoft)

  • Subject: [News] Patent Fronts Spread Across Europe (Including Ed Black, Who Received Millions from Microsoft)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 23:01:55 +0000
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The IP Observatory is already in place

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| In the legal affairs committee JURI in the 
| European Parliament, we have been 
| discussing an initiative by the EU 
| Commission to set up an âIP Observatoryâ 
| that should monitor and combat all kinds of 
| intellectual property infringements, from 
| commercial goods counterfeiting to kids 
| downloading films and music. Right now, we 
| are in the process of drafting a 
| resolution, known as the Gallo report, on 
| the subject.
| [...]
| So much for the involvement of the European 
| Parliament on this issue. We have been 
| invited to hold an exchange of views in the 
| JURI committee, and we are currently 
| spending time on drafting a resolution on 
| if and how the IP Observatory should be set 
| up.


CCIA Launches IP Policy Blog

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| The Computer & Communications Industry 
| Association is launching its new 
| intellectual property blog today to serve 
| as a forum for tech policy discussions. 
| With the Obama appointees now in place and 
| Congress looking for ways to help the 
| economy grow, CCIA is optimistic about 
| seeing patent reform this year.
| âAs we talk about developing an innovation 
| agenda to boost our economic recovery, 
| patent reform and balanced copyright rules 
| should be part of that discussion,â said 
| CCIA President & CEO Ed Black. âCurrent 
| patent policies favor some business models 
| over others, but after years of discussion 
| itâs time for this Congress to recognize 
| what consensus there is and lead the 
| country toward reforms that would create 
| the most innovation and jobs -- and ideally 
| allow for the next generation of 
| innovation.â



EPO: FSFE Does It by the Numbers


Same old Directive, new number

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| Do you remember Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal
| protection of computer programs? The Directive which requires EU members to
| protect computer programs as literary works and to provide for
| interoperability, decompilation and the making of back-up copies? Well, it is
| being repealed and re-enacted in consolidated form because a sufficient
| number of amendments have been made to it. It has now become Directive
| 2009/24/EC of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs.


UK Patent Office Approves Software Patent... Rationalizes The Decision

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| Rather than just saying "uh, the courts said so," it claims that it allowed
| the patent because it's "more than just a software program," saying that the
| invention was a "technical contribution." Apparently, the new rules mean that
| as long as software makes a "technical contribution" it can be patented.
| But... uh... what software doesn't make a "technical contribution" of some
| sort


UK Allows Full-Blown Software Patent

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| As readers of this blog will know, software cannot be patented in Europe âas
| suchâ; quite what that wretched âas suchâ means is the subject of major
| arguments. As I noted earlier this week, the European Patent Office is
| currently conducting a consultation into that and much else concerning the
| patentability of software, to which it is relatively well disposed.


European Commission On ACTA: TRIPS Is Floor Not Ceiling

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| The EU Commission is âcommitted to improve the international legal framework
| for IP protectionâ and sees âACTA as one way to reach that goal,â Devigne
| said. There was no intention to duplicate TRIPS. Rather, âwe want to go
| beyond it,â he said, adding, âTRIPS is the floor, not the ceiling.â

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