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Joff Wild is reporting the IBM SoftIP idea, and more interestingly, the IBM view on EPLA: "There are serious concerns that EPLA as currently proposed will be favourable to patent trolls on the one hand and a poor forum for consideration of highly valuable patents on the other."
by: Anonymous
23 Jul 2007 16:23
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A Swedish patent troll is asking small firms for 100.000 Eur and a cut of future revenues for using a pretty obvious database with links to Internet.
by: bossonbosson
11 Jul 2007 10:02
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The EPO is organising a conference in Brussels the day before the 2 years anniversary of the rejection of the directive.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2007 15:10
2 by Anonymous
25 Jun 2007 16:24 Jump!
The European Patent Office has just published its online PDF version of the 4 scenarios for the future. There is no doubt that the recent struggles over the practice of the Office on software and gene patents, as well as the strikes of the examiners and the flood of patents, has pushed the President Pompidou to initiate this report.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Jun 2007 16:04
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A recently report by EPO staff representatives blames the EPO Admin Council for "an attempt to weaken and even to dismantle the EPO to the benefit of national offices."
by: pieterhpieterh
11 Jun 2007 11:41
7 by podmoklepodmokle
15 Jun 2007 11:10 Jump!
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the launch of the Peer Review Pilot, a project that is intended to improve the process of examining applications for computer technology patents.
by: Anonymous
08 Jun 2007 22:25
2 by podmoklepodmokle
15 Jun 2007 11:23 Jump!
The European Parliament is hosting a workshop on the Patent System next week in Brussels. The published draft report contains some part on software patents which would need some corrections.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Jun 2007 14:55
2 by pieterhpieterh
09 Jun 2007 11:17 Jump!
German Judge Melullis has made an intervention on software patents during the 13th Symposium of European Patent Judges, organised by the EPO.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 May 2007 10:38
3 by Anonymous
13 May 2007 21:46 Jump!
When you are member of the European Parliament and a patent attorney you could serve the public interest rather than the patent industry. Sharon Bowles is very proud to be on the right side.
by: podmoklepodmokle
02 May 2007 12:55
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According to its IPR watch list USA wants EU-member state Hungary to link 'marketing approvals' for pharmaceuticals to patent infringement and announced to interfere into Hungarian affairs.
by: podmoklepodmokle
01 May 2007 15:33
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The EPO claims on its website that "the savings in litigation costs would benefit all patent holders across Europe" in the case of the EPLA. What they do not tell you is what happens for defendants.
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Apr 2007 12:52
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David Sant, former EPO lobbyist in Brussels, is admitting that the EPLA is a new way to get software patents legalised in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
25 Apr 2007 14:49
2 by zoobabzoobab
25 Apr 2007 15:05 Jump!
IPwatch has an interesting article quoting one Microsoft representative saying that companies should lobby on patent law in order to reduce their litigation costs.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Apr 2007 11:13
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Segolene Royal, socialist candidate for the presidential french elections, mentions EPO lobbying the European Parliament in her answer to the questionnaire written by the initiative candidats.fr.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Apr 2007 21:42
2 by podmoklepodmokle
21 Apr 2007 23:09 Jump!
Oracle has joined the "Maginot Line" project, as known as the Open Invention Network, that aims to protect the Linux project against patent attackers in order to countersue. The only problem is that this stategy does not work with patent trolls.
by: zoobabzoobab
06 Apr 2007 16:16
2 by Anonymous
06 Apr 2007 18:54 Jump!
Microsoft spokeman is claiming today that "People patent their copyrights and everyone protects their IP and that's how the industry works."
by: zoobabzoobab
06 Apr 2007 15:58
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A spanish MEP from the Socialist group, has sent a written question on patent policy to the Commission. She remembers the failed software patent directive, but she also fails to remember the lessons of the failure: fear of litigation, not fear of not having patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Apr 2007 15:26
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Bayrou, the center right candidate for presidential elections in France, is promoting 0% of taxes for patent royalties in order to promote "small companies and inventors". According to an american investigation journalist, american companies (Google, Microsoft) are using Irish companies and the 0% of tax on patent royalties in order to escape the american fiscal authorities.
by: zoobabzoobab
09 Mar 2007 13:35
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Exactly 2 years ago today the EU Council of Ministers resorted to a violation of its own procedural rules (i.e. deciding without the required majority), just to avoid taking the Parliament seriously. As calls for democratisation of the EU are gaining weight, this experience continues to be worth commemorating.
by: phmphm
07 Mar 2007 08:58
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The United States Patent Office is opening a new wiki-style website on which, it hopes, people will submit prior art. FFII is skeptical.
by: phmphm
06 Mar 2007 15:56
3 by Anonymous
06 Mar 2007 18:04 Jump!