IPJur: Proceedings of the 14th European Patent Judges' Symposium Now Available
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 May 2009 16:17
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In the years from 1999 to 2003 I have frequently heard from the patent attorneys' establishment, including FICPI officials, statements on FFII's desire to ban 'software patents' to the effect like "Don't worry, those muddleheads won't get anywhere". Well, on September 24, 2003, there was 'an earthquake in the patent landscape' when FFII managed to turn the table, influencing the plenary of the European Parliament, making them pass in a first reading umpteen (partly self-contradictory) amendments to the Draft directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions which would have crippled European patent law for decades to come if the entire project would not have been scrapped two years later by the European Parliament in the second reading. And, the patent system would probably not have been rescued if big industry had not thrown in considerable efforts and influence in a last-minute action to persuade MEPs that just following FFII would be desastrous. The IP community take
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