|News of 2005||MS as SME||Amendments||ALDE||Manders|
This is a great victory for those who have campaigned to ensure that European innovation and competitiveness is protected from monopolisation of software functionalities and business methods. It marks the end of an attempt by the European Commission and governmental patent officials to impose detrimental and legally questionable practises of the European Patent Office (EPO) on the member states. However, the problems created by these practises remain unsolved. FFII believes that the Parliament's work, in particular the 21 cross-party compromise amendments, can provide a good basis on which future solutions, both at the national and European level, can build.
Jonas Maebe, FFII Board Member, comments on the outcome of today's vote:
Hartmut Pilch, president of FFII, explains why FFII supported the move for rejection in its voting recommendations:
The FFII also wishes to thank all those people who have taken the time to contact their representatives either by email, phone or in person. We also want to thank the numerous volunteers who have given so generously of their time and energy. This is your victory as well as the Parliament's.
The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is a non-profit association registered in several European countries, which is dedicated to the spread of data processing literacy. FFII supports the development of public information goods based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More than 3,000 companies and 90,000 individuals have entrusted the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions concerning exclusion rights (intellectual property) in data processing.
Hartmut Pilch and Holger Blasum Munich Office info at ffii org tel. +49-89-18979927 Erik Josefsson Brussels Office erjos at ffii org tel. +32-484-082063 Jonas Maebe FFII Belgium jmaebe at ffii org tel. +32-485-369645 Rufus Pollock FFII UK rufus pollock at ffii org uk +44-1223-690423 Gérald Sédrati-Dinet FFII France, Vice President FFII gibus at ffii fr +33-6-60-56-36-45