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The EP's legal service has ruled that the Community has exclusive competence to decide on a new European Patent Litigation Agreement. If Germany ignores this decision, we could see EPLA come before the ECJ.
by: pieterhpieterh
04 Mar 2007 17:56
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In response to the continuous non-compliance of EU orders Microsoft and the latest silly excuse a Commission's spokesperson openly questioned the value of Microsoft's Software Patents.
by: podmoklepodmokle
03 Mar 2007 17:04
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The Commission has released today a Frequently Asked Questions page using several ambiguous wordings that might indicate some patent experts that the Microsoft case in Europe smells more and more of software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Mar 2007 20:11
4 by Anonymous
01 Mar 2007 23:18 Jump!
Alcatel-Lucent, one of the fierce proponent of software patents in Europe, is trying to extort some USD 1.52 billion from Microsoft for usage of the MPEG layer 3 audio compression algorithm.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Feb 2007 17:10
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Emery Simon, representative of the Business Software Alliance, spoke at the conference "Software and law: is regulation fostering or inhibiting innovation?" on the US situation over software patents.
by: Anonymous
19 Feb 2007 15:16
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A representative of the EPO presented the definition of a person skilled in the art according to the EPO Technical Board of Appeal definition at the last Legal Affairs conference organised by EGA (European Generics Association).
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Feb 2007 10:11
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Alexandre Dulaunoy writes, "Evaluating innovation in a company based on a single factor like the patent system is dangerous for everyone including the investor. At a time where the society ask for more accountability inside the companies, we really need a better system to evaluate innovation."
by: podmoklepodmokle
10 Feb 2007 23:47
2 by andreasrandreasr
12 Feb 2007 09:06 Jump!
Chris Mercer, President of the EPI (Institute of Professionals before the European Patent Office) mentioned in the proceedings of the conference "Quality Matters" that the EPO and EPI are working in a vacuum.
by: Anonymous
31 Jan 2007 16:06
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A study "Innovation Performance of German Software Companies" finds that German software companies don't think much of patents.
by: andreasrandreasr
23 Jan 2007 11:24
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Richard Lightman started an official UK online petition. This gives UK citizens a unique and historic occasion to express their opinion on this issue. Perhaps other countries will follow this example?
by: Anonymous
04 Jan 2007 00:05
2 by Anonymous
19 Jan 2007 11:47 Jump!
In an economic study for the Italian CESPRI, Hall, Thoma and Torrisi find that software patents in Europe have no impact on firm market value and that they might be used mainly for strategic reason by non-software-companies.
by: andreasrandreasr
18 Dec 2006 00:46
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A report issued by the US Council of Foreign Relations says the US patent system is misguided and is harming competitiveness.
by: pieterhpieterh
06 Dec 2006 09:56
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So Microsoft and SAP claim SMEs need software patents? Past economic evidence has shown this is nonsense. The results of a project of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), published in November, add further empirical evidence.
by: andreasrandreasr
02 Dec 2006 22:16
2 by aallordaallord
19 Jan 2007 14:31 Jump!
Detailed slides for many presentations from the conference on software patents in Boston are now available.
by: podmoklepodmokle
01 Dec 2006 01:43
3 by Anonymous
01 Dec 2006 15:26 Jump!
One more day, one more scandal at the European Commission
by: pieterhpieterh
29 Nov 2006 17:37
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Market observers raise a lot of objections against the MS-Novell patent deal. But what gets hardly discussed: Upcoming legislation in the European Parliament could make the MS-Novell patent indemnification deal a "useless defense".
by: podmoklepodmokle
23 Nov 2006 04:20
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In a landmark speech to the EP, McCreevy says, "EPLA needs significant improvements", and "intellectual property is not just patents alone. Copyright is economically just as important."
by: pieterhpieterh
21 Nov 2006 17:49
2 by gibusgibus
21 Nov 2006 22:42 Jump!
"GRUR" arcticle: how the patent-beaucracy could guide the hand of the Euopean Court of Justice (which would have the last saying about interpretation of EPC if EC joins EPC/EPLA) along their line.
by: andreasrandreasr
15 Nov 2006 13:21
5 by andreasrandreasr
23 Nov 2006 08:33 Jump!
Swedish members of parliament have tabled motions against software patents and for privatisation of the patent examination system, similar in spirit to demands that have been formulated by the FFII.
by: phmphm
02 Nov 2006 21:39
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Recently the EU's patent establishment has been calling for a "Community instrument" for unification of patent caselaw, and thereby distanced itself from the previously espoused EPLA text.
by: phmphm
01 Nov 2006 11:41
3 by phmphm
03 Nov 2006 16:11 Jump!