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[News] Aristocrats in Europe Takes Steps to Create Loophole for Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Aristocrats in Europe Takes Steps to Create Loophole for Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:29:21 +0100
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Preventing monopolies requires regulations, expert says

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| Speaking last week to the HÃrriyet Daily 
| News & Economic Review, Sebastiano 
| Toffaletti, secretary-general of the 
| European Association of ICT Small and Medium 
| Sized Enterprises, or PIN-SME, said there 
| was an ongoing debate about standards and 
| how they should be used in the 
| standardization of the European ICT sector.
| [...]
| Toffaletti also highlighted intellectual 
| property rights and the internal debate 
| between software patents and non-software 
| patents.
| "This is a very controversial topic, but we 
| think that software should not be patentable 
| even if we agree that there should be better 
| control of intellectual property rights," 
| Toffaletti said. "Patents just are not the 
| right solution to protect inventions in this 
| sector, as they will just make life too 
| difficult for software developers and the 
| market overall."


EU seeks to break patent translation deadlock

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| Innovative companies could see a dramatic 
| reduction in the cost of patenting new 
| inventions, if a controversial European 
| Commission plan is adopted by EU 
| governments. The new rules could pave the 
| way for a single European patent to be 
| issued in one of just three languages â 
| English, French or German.


EU patents will be pulled in line with the US

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| single patent proposal to keep the EU 
| competitive and in line with the US.
| The EC said that current patent legislation 
| is ten times more expensive in the EU than 
| the US. EU members have to validate patents 
| at a national level first, which creates 
| yards of red tape to process. The EC said 
| this stifles research, development and 
| competition for EU members, drastically 
| increasing costs and time.


âStaff 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.â

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

                                                --Richard Stallman


EU Community Patent And UPLS: Will There Be A Political Breakthrough Soon?

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| The Intellectual Property Expert Group
| (ipeg) are feeding hopes in their Blog that
| the Swedish EU Presidency might be lucky
| enough to successfully forge some sort of
| political compromise on the EU Community
| Patent as well as on the Unified Patent
| Litigation System (UPLS) later this year.


The Copyright Ratchet Racket Explained

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| I and many others have noted how changes in
| copyright law only ever work in one
| direction: to *increase* copyright's term
| and to give greater powers to copyright
| holders. In effect, it's a ratchet. But
| until now, I've not seen a good explanation
| of what's driving all this (although I had a
| pretty good idea). The motor behind the
| ratchet (assuming such mixed metaphors are
| permitted) is harmonisation:
|     Simply put, âharmonizationâ is a concept
|     whereby the intellectual property laws
|     of different countries are made
|     consistent, mostly to facilitate
|     international trade and business. The
|     concept of harmonization is not unusual;
|     almost all the states and territories in
|     this country are signatories to the
|     Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a model
|     law in the U.S. that makes consistent
|     (or âharmonizesâ) the law of contracts,
|     sales, banking, and secured
|     transactions. This allows firms in one
|     state to reasonably, predictably, and
|     consistently do business with firms in
|     another state.


Reform of Europe's patent system moves a step closer

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| Changes to Europe's costly and fragmented patent system have edged a step
| closer after EU industry ministers agreed formally to ask the European Court
| of Justice for its opinion on a potential overhaul.
| Ministers, meeting in Brussels yesterday, said they would consult Europe's
| top court on the legality under EU law of introducing specialist courts to
| handle patent disputes along with a so-called "community patent".
| The latter - which would be a single intellectual property right that would
| apply across Europe - has been an elusive goal for decades.


EU states consult top court on patent litigation

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| European Union states agreed on Thursday to ask the bloc's top court whether
| draft plans to cut the cost of defending patents in a new system of courts
| would be compatible with EU law.

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