The company filing the most patents in Europe isn't in fact a European business, according to the continent's patent watchdog.
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Europe could step in to solve more patent disputes, as Microsoft and Apple respectively gang up against Motorola over claims its licensing of patents is unfair.
Samsung is being formally investigated by the European Commission's antitrust authorities, over claims it "abusively" distorted competition in the region.
I've long taken a dim view of software patents. I wrote this piece as far back as 2003, arguing that Europe should avoid copying the American approach to software patents, both because they are unnecessary to spur innovation and because it would be useful for Europe to demonstrate why.
Software patent campaigners have reacted with surprise to an apparent change in the European Commission's stance on those patents.The Commission said last week that computer programs will be excluded from patentability in the upcoming Community Patent legislation and that the European Patent Office will be bound by this law.
Apparent U-turn on the extent to which software can be patented leaves patent opponents scratching their heads.
This time the debate around software patents in Europe is going to be 'bigger and more complex' according to an anti-patent campaigner
The European Commission is again trying to get the Community Patent adopted, but an Appeals Court judge claims the original proposal 'fell flat on its face for very good reasons'
Next version of General Public License may restrict companies from using patents against free software, FSF Europe president says.
The battle over software patents in Europe may have been won, but the war is far from over
Software patents are still in the news. The European patent directive continues to lumber forward, despite overwhelming opposition from groups on all corners -- excepting the big software companies that will win big if sofware patents become law in Europe as well as the U.
Small businesses in Europe have filed far fewer software patents at the European Patent Office than multinationals, according to the latest study
The software patents directive shows Europe at its worst. Whose rules shall we play by now?
Tuesday 22/2/2005Trying to keep track of the slurry of outrage, double-dealing and antagonism over software patents is turning into a full time job. So far this week, there's been more confusion in Europe and a shock patent attack on stock market systems -- and it's only Tuesday.
Opponents of software patents gathered in Brussels on Thursday to accuse the European Council of turning Europe into a banana republic
Europe has rejected a proposal on software patents, but that doesn't mean they won't happen. U.
Campaigners say IBM is wrong to be lobbying in favour of software patents in Europe, and claim it's just trying to win friends by opening up 500 patents
This is an interesting bit of news: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been granted observer status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Here's what the FSFE has to say about its goals in working with WIPO:For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current threats, such as software patents, the European Copyright Directive (EUCD) and others.
The convoluted politics of the new Europe have saved us from software patents. Thank you, Poland. Now we'll be able to see which is the best approach, that of the EU or the US
In Europe, industry leaders, government officials and others debate whether patents would hinder or cultivate innovation.
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