IP-Watch: Innovation Policy: The Balance Between Standards and Patent Regulation
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 26 Feb 2009 16:06
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In the software patent debate within the European Union over the past decade, a strong consensus emerged among SMEs and big businesses representatives from companies employing various software models, such as IBM or Sun Microsystems, that patents which limit or prevent interoperability should be rendered unenforceable. Although implementing this remedy would require substantial debate, it has the potential to resolve the issues caused by over-regulation for all existing and future standards. Considering the extraordinary networking effects in the IT market and the enabling role it has for economic development overall, the benefits resulting from securing interoperability in this way likely justify the cost of implementation.
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