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This press release uses wordings from a letter signed by the CEOs of large telecommunication and consumer electronics companies.
Industry Calls on Council to Correct Damage Done by the European Parliament -- European R&D Will Be Jeopardised If CII Patents Are Eliminated
For further information,
- Leo Baumann +32-2-706 84 77 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Filip Geerts +32-0475 62 06 62 email@example.com
Leo Baumann was until recently the assistant of Angelika Niebler, bavarian party colleague working closely with shadow rapporteur Joachim Wuermeling, and thereby influential on much of the policy formulation in the EPP (conservative block in Europarl).
The argumentation of EICTA statements on patent policy usually relies on no evidence, no reasoning, only false representation claims -- corporate patent lawyers masquerading as "the industry".
EICTA, the European ICT and consumer electronics association, together with AGORIA, the Belgian multi sector federation for the technology industry would like to invite you to our joint press briefing over breakfast on the Commission's proposal on a directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, taking place in Brussels on 26 November 2003 from 9.00 until 10.30 am (Diamant Building, 80 BD. Reyers).
The Competitiveness Council will discuss the Commission's proposal on 26/27 November. The Council will react to the damaging amendments proposed by the European Parliament in September 2003. Given the negative effect which the Parliament's recommendations would have on European research and development as well as competitiveness, industry expects the Competitiveness Council to express its concern over recent developments which are contrary to the goals of eEurope and the Lisbon process.
Tim Frain, Director of IPR Nokia will explain the impact, the directive will have on European Industry in terms of R&D and competitiveness.
Roland Lousky, Vice-President info2clear
will present the issue from an SME perspective.
Press briefing on the Commission's proposal on a directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Brussels on 26 November 2003. Venue: EICTA, Diamant Building, 80 BD. Reyers.
Venue: EICTA, Diamant Building, 80 BD. Reyers
|9.00||Welcome by Leo Baumann, EICTA and Filip Geerts, AGORIA|
|9.10||Introduction into the topic: Tim Frain, Director of IPR Nokia
- Commission proposal, implementing the status quo of EPO practice in European law
- importance of the directive for the European Economy as a whole
- answers to concerns raised in the debate (co-existence of open source and patents, patents as addition to copyright etc.)
- consequences of the amendments proposed by the European Parliament in first reading
|9.40||Patents on CII from an SMEs perspective: Roland Louski, Vice-President info2clear|
|10.30||end of programme, possibility for one-to-one discussions|