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[News] Europe's Monopolistic Software and Lawyers 'Industry' Still Wants Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Europe's Monopolistic Software and Lawyers 'Industry' Still Wants Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:55:14 +0100
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Patents in Europe and the EU

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| "Where are we now?" is the question on 
| everyone's lips when it comes to the long 
| trek from national patents alone to the 
| desired destination, the Promised Land of the 
| single patent for the European Union and a 
| centralised and harmonised patent litigation 
| system. Explaining the background, Oliver 
| Varhelyi (Head of Unit, DG Internal Market 
| and Services, European Commission) described 
| the legal bases on which the form and 
| substance of the agreed new regime could be 
| reached through a combination of unanimous 
| and majority votes. 


5th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

,----[ Quote ]
| This year an emphasis will be given to the 
| issues of IPR and development and open 
| source. Papers addressing the challenges 
| encountered by developing countries in the 
| context of the TRIPS (trade related aspects 
| of intellectual property rights) agreement, 
| the protection of traditional knowledge, the 
| issues of IPR and health and access to 
| knowledge in developing countries, and the 
| challenging view of the open source 
| alternative to IPR will be particularly 
| welcome.



Dangers from software patents in Europe

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| This is a presentation I made at an open
| source conference in Greece, 13 March 2010,
| at TEI of Piraeus.
| Getting involved with software patents seems
| boring, and, unfortunately, it is, at least
| for me. I'm a computer professional and I
| like writing code. I'm a Python/Django fan,
| and I'm involved in a couple of free software
| projects. One of them is a state project (and
| it's free because I took the opportunity to
| move it towards the right direction when I
| saw that the right people were in the right
| positions). I don't like politics and legal
| issues much. However, I do occasionally mess
| around with copyrights and patents; not
| because I like it, but because I like being
| free, and it is a price I pay to defend my
| freedom.
| [...]
| I'm in Greece, I create a new invention, and
| I patent it at the Greek Industrial Property
| Organisation. What happens in other
| countries? Could someone from Italy copy my
| invention? The answer is they can, because
| the Greek patent is only valid in Greece. In
| order to solve this problem, many European
| countries signed the European Patent
| Convention (EPC) in 1973. Under the EPC, the
| European Patent Office (EPO) was born. If you
| are granted a patent by the EPO, then it is
| practically valid in all countries that have
| signed the EPC.
| Note that the EPC is not a European Union
| treaty, but a treaty of the 36 countries that
| have signed it. The EPO is not an EU
| institution, but an international institution
| of the 36 countries that have signed the EPC.

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