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[News] FFII Slams Barnier et al for Trying to Sneak Software Patents Into Europe

  • Subject: [News] FFII Slams Barnier et al for Trying to Sneak Software Patents Into Europe
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 18:33:10 +0100
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Long and winding road to single EU patent and patent court system

,----[ Quote ]
| The FFII criticizes that an incredibly 
| powerful, international patent and patent court 
| system would then be able to take controversial 
| decisions while there wouldn't be a single 
| powerful and democratically elected legislator 
| that could correct undesirable developments 
| through new and better laws.
| The FFII doesn't mean that the judges 
| themselves should be under democratic control 
| (judges should always be as independent from 
| political bodies as possible) but that there 
| should be a lawmaking body that can pass new 
| legislation related to all aspects of patent 
| law. Even the European Parliament wouldn't be 
| able to do so. It has to share legislative 
| powers in the EU with the national governments 
| of the Member States, and the geographic scope 
| of the UPLS would go beyond the borders of the 
| EU itself.
| Critics of the UPLS also have structural 
| concerns, such as over what would happen if 
| such a relatively autonomous court system 
| exclusively specialized on patents and detached 
| from the general judicial framework had to rule 
| on a case in which a party claims fundamental 
| rights under its country's constitution.
| [...]
| For the event that the European Court of 
| Justices "gives some green light" for the 
| reform initiative, Benjamin Henrion predicts 
| "huge lobbying." 



Another (weak) Defense of Software Patents (and its rebuttal)


Rovi to Appeal English High Court Ruling in EPG Patent Litigation against Virgin Media

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| Rovi on Monday issued a statement--attributed
| to its SVP of worldwide patent licensing,
| Samir Armaly--making clear that it plans to
| appeal the court's decision: "While we are
| pleased that the court found all of the
| patents to be infringed by Virgin, we strongly
| disagree with the court's ruling on the
| validity issues, and intend to appeal the
| decision," the statement read. "We also intend
| to continue to pursue Virgin and other
| unlicensed companies for their infringement of
| our intellectual property, to join the
| numerous companies who have already taken
| licenses to our patents issued throughout the
| world."


German Court Declares EFI Victorious In Important Patent
Litigation Against Durst Involving Inkjet Technology


Virgin Media wins Gemstar EPG ruling

,----[ Quote ]
| Virgin Media has succeeded in the patent dispute
| brought against it by Gemstar TV Guide. The
| London High Court rulings call into question the
| ability for intellectual property rights holder
| Rovi to enforce its patents both in the UK and
| with operators around the world.
| Gemstar, now part of Rovi, had claimed the
| cablenetâs EPG had breached three patents â EP
| 0969662, EP 1377049 and EP 1613066 â which were
| involved in the display and transfer of
| programme information and metadata. BSkyB,
| Foxtel, Portugal Telecom, Sky Italia and UPC
| Broadband have all signed up to Roviâs patent
| programme.

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