"It may seem an odd time to be discussing the creation of a global patent system. Gardens around the offices of the Munich-based European Patent Office were besieged by pigs and tractors recently, as part of a demonstration against biotech patents. Meanwhile, campaigners against the introduction of patents on pure software are starting to crank up their lobbying ahead of an enlarged board of appeal examination of the issue later this year. […] "There won't be technical cooperation concerning the substance of patents so I do not see Europe accepting US-style business methods," Brimelow said. One of the fears – particularly in the software community – is that globalization of patents will mean dumbing down to the system in the US, where the bar for what can be patented is set lower than in Europe."