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More mutual recognition talk as patent harmonisation efforts intensify

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| Essentially, these talks are about harmonising substantive patent law,
| including areas such as priority of invention, the grace period, the
| definition of prior art and loss of right provisions. However, I wonder
| whether Brimelow – who always considers her words very carefully – is hinting
| that other things may now be on the agenda. It is interesting that when she
| spoke to me about this, and also in the BBC interview, she talked about users
| of the patent system raising the issue of mutual recognition. In that way,
| any talks on the subject can be seen as being responsive and not as
| policy-makers going out on a limb.
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| And, who knows, after the In re Bilski case is finally resolved at either the
| CAFC or the Supreme Court, Europe and the US may even be a little closer with
| regard to the controversial areas of business methods and software patents.


ITechLaw to Hold Webinar: Navigating the IT Legal Landscape

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| Who will win the "cold war" brewing between commercial software companies and
| open-source advocates over software patents?


IAM: Global IP Leaders Gather for Groundbreaking Event in Amsterdam

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| Since 2006 Ocean Tomo auctions have raised over $70 million for sellers. Its
| first European sale "“ held in London in June 2007 "“ established a world
| record for a single patent sold at open auction when an internet shopping
| patent was bought for $4,865,550.
| "In collaboration with IAM magazine, we have planned the most informative,
| important and exciting event for the IP community this year," says James
| Malackowski, President and CEO of Ocean Tomo. "I am looking forward to the
| opportunity to learn from and network with the IP pioneers and thought
| leaders who will be attending."



[ffii] McCreevy wants to legalise Software Patents via a US-EU patent treaty

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| Brussels, 13 May 2008 -- European Commissioner McCreevy is pushing for a
| bilateral patent treaty with the United States. This Tuesday 13 May in
| Brussels, White House and European representatives will try to adopt a
| tight roadmap for the signature of a EU-US patent treaty by the end of
| the year. Parts of the proposed treaty will contain provision on
| software patents, and could legalise them on both sides of the Atlantic.
| "TEC talks are the current push for software patents. The US want to
| eliminate the higher standards of the European Patent Convention. The
| bilateral agenda is dictated by multinationals gathered in the
| Transatlantic Economic Business Dialogue (TABD). When you have a look
| who is in the Executive Board of the TABD, you find not a single
| European SME in there", says Benjamin Henrion, a Brussels based patent
| policy specialist.
| The Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which comprises EU and US high
| level representatives put a substantive harmonisation of patent law on
| its agenda. Substantive patent law covers what is patentable or not. The
| attempt to impose the low US standards on Europe via the Substantive
| Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) process utterly failed at the World
| Intellectual Property Organisation. Also progress in the WIPO B+
| subgroup (without development nations) could not be reached.

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