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[News] German Appeal Court Sells Out to Microsoft Lobby

  • Subject: [News] German Appeal Court Sells Out to Microsoft Lobby
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:07:19 +0100
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German appeal court upholds Microsoft FAT patent

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| The German appeal court has overturned a 
| decision by the German Federal Patent Tribunal 
| to declare Microsoft's patent for the File 
| Allocation Table (FAT) file system invalid. In 
| judgement number X ZR 27/07, handed down on 
| Tuesday, the tenth civil division of the 
| Karlsruhe-based court confirmed the 
| enforceability of the company's commercial 
| rights in Germany. It has not yet published 
| its reasoning, but has confirmed the decision 
| in a short press release (German language 
| link).


Microsoft gets its FAT Patent back in Germany



Germany: Open Fight on Biotechnology, Patents, and CIIs.

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| What should be duly noticed is that high-profile representatives of
| centre-right political parties are openly lobbying against patentability of
| biotechnological inventions, for example Mr SÃder (CSU), Minister for
| Healthcare & Ecological Affairs of Bavaria. One prominent reason for this
| surely is of populist nature: There are general elections for the European
| Parliament and for the German Parliament ("Bundestag") later this year. As
| utilisation of genetically modified organisms in food chains is hopeless
| unpopular in Germany and angrily attacked in particular by conservative
| farmers in Bavaria, there is a big incentive for politicians to go exactly
| that way as demonstrated yesterday.
| [...]
| While most of the media coverage was directed to the EP 1651777 B1 patent,
| FFII had attempted to jump on the bandwagon by joining the rally, pointing
| towards patents on CIIs or, vulgo software patents. To this end they had
| invited a well-known heavyweight, namely Mr Richard M. Stallman himself.

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