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Irish No vote to hit innovation agenda

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| As France takes the helm of the European Union this week, the officials
| charged with shaping the country’s contribution to EU-wide innovation policy
| are busy lowering expectations.
|
| [...]
|
| It’s not the absence of the treaty itself that is so disruptive to long-term
| initiatives such as Union-wide research projects and reaching agreement on a
| Community Patent. Most if not all issues that France hoped to push forward
| during its six months in charge don’t strictly need the new treaty in order
| to materialise.
|
| The problem is that the house of cards that is EU-wide political unity has
| been blown down. Forget reaching agreement on a Community Patent, which would
| require unanimity from all member states, warn many Brussels pundits.
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http://bulletin.sciencebusiness.net/...art/11076&ch=1

Here's the stupidity of it all:

Barracuda launches reluctant legal offensive against Trend Micro

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| Drako is reluctant to discuss details, but the patents were purchased from
| IBM some time in the last six months -- in other words, after Trend Micro
| filed against Barracuda. "I approached IBM asking for help in defense of the
| open source community, and they directed me to the individual who sells their
| patents," Drako says.
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http://www.linux.com/feature/140446

Monopolies up for sale.


Recent:

[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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http://lwn.net/Articles/282000/
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