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2003/07/01-2 STB: Software Patent Directive Amendments

Time to work decide on submission of amendments to the software patent directive proposal is running out. FFII has proposed one set of amendments that stick as closely as possible to the original proposal while debugging and somewhat simplifying it. An alternative small set of amendments would "cut the crap" and rewrite the directive from scratch. We present and explain the two approaches.

Time and Place

Wed-Thu 2003/07/01-2 Strasbourg

1 09.00-09.30entranceRegistration and entry with help of an MEP
1 11.30-12.00entranceRegistration and entry with help of an MEP
1 14.00-16.00EP N 2.1 (60 persons)Public Session: FFII Amendment Proposals: Short presentations of key proposals and discussion
1 18.00-21.00Maison des AssociationsGeneral Assembly of FFII
2 12.00EPprivate meeting in EP


Laura Creighton:
AB Strakt


Alex Macfie:

United Kingdom

Hartmut Pilch:


Michael Wasmeier:


Holger Blasum:


Jürgen Siepmann:


Stefan Pollmeier:



Annotated Links

->JURI 2003/04-6 Amendments: Real and Fake Limits on Patentability
Members of the European Parliament's Commission on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (JURI) submitted amendments to the European Commission's software patent directive proposal. While some MEPs are asking to bring the directive in line with Art 52 EPC so as to clearly restate that programs for computers are not patentable inventions, another group of MEPs is endorsing the EPO's recent practice of unlimited patentability, shrouded in more or less euphemistic wordings. Among the latter, some propose to make programs directly claimable, so as to ensure that software patents are not only granted but achieve maximal blocking effects. This latter group obtained a 2/3 majority, with some exceptions. We document in tabular form what was at stake, what various parties recommended, and what JURI finally voted for on 2003/06/17.
->EU Software Patent Directive Amendment Proposals
The European Commission proposed on 2002-02-20 to consider computer programs as patentable inventions and make it very difficult not to grant a patent on an algorithm or a business method that is claimed with the typical features of a computer program (e.g. computer, i/o, memory etc). We have worked out a counter-proposal that upholds the freedom of computer-aided reasoning, calculating, organising and formulating and the copyright property-based property rights of software authors while supporting the patentability of technical inventions (problem solutions involving forces of nature) according to the differentiations that have been laid down in the European Patent Convention (EPC), the TRIPs treaty and the classical patent law literature. This counter-proposal is receiving support from numerous prominent players in the fields of software, economics, politics and law.

[ Software Patent Discussions in and near the European Parliament in 2003 | 2003/09 EP: Software Patent Directive Vote | 2003/08/25-9 BXL: Software Patent Directive Amendments | 2003/07/01-2 STB: Software Patent Directive Amendments | 2003/06 Europarl Software Patent Meetings | 2003/05/07-08 BXL: Software Patents: From Legal Wordings to Economic Reality | 2003/04/08 STB: Softpat Directive and Europe's Legal Structure | Europarl 2003/03/12: McCarthy Paper and Amendments ]

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