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					    ES Patent Orifice: Software Patentability
           Rally Madrid 2002-05-06
             http://swpat.ffii.org/events/2002/espo05/index.en.html



                                       Workgroup

                                    swpatag@ffii.org

                                        2003-09-13


         The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (ES-PTO/OEPM), the Euro-
       pean Patent Office (EPO), the Industrial Property Unit of the European
       Commission and together with patent lawyers from UNICE (employers’ fed-
       eration) and other European Patent Movement strongholds are, under the
       auspices of the Spanish EU presidency and the Spanish Ministry for Econ-
       omy and Technology, holding a two-day seminar in the Spanish Patent Office
       in Madrid. The seminar’s agenda and invitation presupposes that there is
       an “evergrowing need” for “protecting” software innovation and channels the
       discussion into questions of how companies should go ahead doing this. In
       spite of the existence of a strong movement against software patents in Spain,
       the seminar keeps silent on the controversy and does not offer critical voices
       any space for exposing their views.


Contents



     • Programme1
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     • SEMINARIO: “PROTECCION Y ACCESO A LA INNOVACION”2

             The seminar can be attended remotely by real audio via this web page.

1
    http://www.oepm.es/internet/sem6mayo/ing/programa.htm
2
    seminario.txt




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    • OEPM (ES-PTO) page3
    • ES-PTO seminar 2002/05/06-7 Innovation in the Net4

          mailing list thread

    • El Pais: DE fuer Swpat, FR dagegen, ES unentschlossen5

          commentary on the El Pais article

    • ProInnova6

          Spanish workgroup on innovation and related legal policies

    • Unice: The Voice of the European (Patent) Industry7

          UNICE is the confederation of european national employers’ associa-
          tions, founded for lobbying the EU. Members include MEDEF of France
          and BDI of Germany. The UNICE submission is written on letter paper
          with the slogan “voice of Business Europe” and contains the usual belief
          statements known from the patent lawyer culture, e.g. that patents are
          needed to reward innovation particularly of SMEs, patents need to be
          available in all fields of technology etc. The UNICE author, apparently
          also a patent lawyer, applauds the consultation paper’s approach and
          demands clear regulation for patentability of software. He does not in
          any way explain how this relates to the interests of European industry,
          but UNICE has during the months after the consultation been actively
          lobbying the European Commission’s various departments in order to
          remove resistance to the plans of the Commission’s patent lawyers.

    • elpais.es - Negocios - La directiva fantasma8

          Long article in El Pais, written shortly before the Madrid Patent Orifice
          event. Reports about mixed sentiments toward software patents and
          rections to the CEC directive proposal in Spain. Says that UK and DE
          are pro swpat while FR is against and ES is undecided. Finds that most
          of the players know very little about the directive proposal or about
          swpat and that nobody really needs them while some severely oppose
          them.

3
  http://www.oepm.es/
4
  http://aful.org/wws/arc/patents/2002-04/msg00040.html
5
  http://lists.ffii.org/archive/mails/swpat/2002/May/0002.html
6
  http://proinnova.hispalinux.es
7
  http://swpat.ffii.org/papers/eukonsult00/unice/index.en.html
8
  http://www.elpais.es/articulo.html?anchor=elpnegemp&xref=20020428elpnegemp 9&type=Tes




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