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During this first day of a two-day conference in Brussels, in and near the European Parliament, we bring software professionals, patent practitioners, economists and politicians from EU and US together for a symposium in the Dorint Hotel to explore the chain of causality from a proposed EU software patent directive to resulting patenting practises. The day begins with speeches by FTC.gov commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson and Prof. Lawrence Lessig on "The US as a Test Case", and ends with a panel of software leaders from small and large enterprises, social scientists and MEPs on "E-Patents and E-Commerce".
Simultaneous interpreting at least for DE-EN, FR-EN and ES-EN is available
We have all kinds of projectors, including lcd projector (beamer), available.
|09.00||Software Patents -- The U.S. as a Test Case|
Keynote Speech: Learning from American Mistakes
The hearings held by the U.S. competition agencies paint a darker picture of U.S. practice than the report than the report on which the Commission relies, and the Undersecretary for Intellectual Property has described the Patent Office as an agency in crisis. What can Europe learn from the U.S. experience?
|Prof. Lawrence Lessig|
|10.00||Civil Liberties under Overlapping Property Regimes|
Some companies have used patents to obtain broad exclusion scopes which copyright denied them. Some are using patents to make their competitors, copyright property useless. Proponents of the directive say that "patents and copyright are complementary and may overlap", whereas earlier doctrines called for a clear separation of spheres of property. How has such overlapping worked in semiconductor topography and areas? Will the broadest property right always win out? Are civil liberties crushed under a broadness competition? How can an integrated system of intellectual/industrial be (re)created?
|11.00||Software Patents and Europe's Legal Structure
|13.00||Invention Concepts in Europe and the Resulting Patents
|14.00||Emerging Phenomena in Patent Practice
|15.30||IT Infrastructure Patents and the Information Society
|17.00||E-Patents and E-Commerce
|20.00||Dinner||Taihon, rue du marché au fromage 35, tel 02-514 50 58|
The scientific conference continues on the following day's afternoon at 15.00. In between you can attend a Parliamentary Hearing and a Street Performance. See the Event Overview.