IP-watch: WIPO Director General Candidates Answer 5 Questions On IP Policy
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 31 Mar 2008 14:03
Number of posts: 1
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Pretnar: [...] And here we come to a major obstacle of a global scope: many arguments either in favour, or against the intellectual property regime are heavily plagued by lack of sufficient professional understanding. This problem extends well beyond the discussions about Development Agenda, and often leads to contradicting outcomes. The rejection of the EU Directive on patentability of computer-implemented inventions in 2005 may serve as an example: its basic purpose was to exclude software as such from patent protection (in line with Art. 52 of the European Patent Convention) - exactly what was the main objective of all those who (successfully) lobbied against its adoption in the European Parliament.
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