[Fsfe-ie] [Fwd: [A2k] New attempt to establish EU Software patents]

teresahackett at eircom.net teresahackett at eircom.net
Wed Apr 26 20:27:36 CEST 2006

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Michelle Childs

The EU Commission recently held a consultation on the Patent system in
It covered a number of issues. One of great concern to all those activists
who had successfully campaigned against the introduction of software
patents, was the Commissions proposal to introduce a Community patent
system ( one patent for the whole of Europe). They feared that this could
be a backdoor method to introduce software patents. So the activists once
again marshalled thier resources to respond to the consultation.

But the fights not over yet. I have recently been told by Florian Mueller
( one of the lead lobbyists against software patenting) that there is
another backdoor method being pursued by pro software patenting companies.
That is using the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA).

You can read the background on it here:


Cptech also submitted comments to the Commissions patent consultation.
While we oppose software patents, we sought in our response to also focus
on wider principles of patent policy that apply to all areas of the
economy eg the development of medicines.

A copy of our response can be found here:

Michelle Childs -Head of European Affairs
Consumer Project on Technology in London
24, Highbury Crescent, London, N5 1RX,UK.
Tel:+44(0)207 226 6663 ex 252.
Mob:+44(0)790 386 4642. Fax: +44(0)207 354 0607

Consumer Project on Technology in Washington, DC
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009 USA .Tel.:
+1.202.332.2670,Fax: +1.202.332.2673

Consumer Project on Technology in Geneva
1 Route des  Morillons, CP 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 6727

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