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Open Source Systems Management: Hyperic generates Momentum Europe-wide

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| How about Hyperic’s Europe expansion?
| Hyperic’s open source management solution has solicited tremendous
| interest globally. What we have found is that close to 50% of our
| download volume is from outside of the US. The download volumes we
| started to see in Europe - both for our community offering and our
| enterprise offering - have been substantial. We recognize that in order
| to serve this community effectively we need to have a more localized
| approach.



Open Parliament

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| Citizens and stakeholder groups should not have to use the software of a
| single company in order to communicate with their elected officials or
| participate in the legislative process.
| All companies should be given the chance to compete freely for contracts to
| supply ICT services to the European Parliament.


[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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