Feeds

Patentmeister weighs in on Euro IP system

EPLA just the ticket, says Pompidou

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The European Patent Office (EPO) is ramping up its PR activity ahead of this week's parliamentary vote on proposals to harmonise patent litigation across Europe's states.

EPO president Alain Pompidou addressed the annual EPO online services conference in Lisbon today, arguing for an "enhanced patent culture" in Europe.

"If Europe really wants to become the world's leading knowledge economy by 2010, the patent network urgently needs to be developed," he said.

He noted that the European Commission's public consultation on the patenting system showed that it needs attention. Two proposals currently on the table would improve things dramatically, he argued.

First, he said, the so-called London Protocol must be ratified. This agreement sets out to reduce the costs of translating European patents by allowing member states to totally or partly waive the translation of European patents.

But more important is the European Patent Litigation Agreement, the EPLA.

Critics of the proposal argue that it would give the EPO too much power without accountability, that it will increase the costs of enforcing or challenging a patent, that it would undermine the judiciary, and that it could pave the way for legitimising software patents.

But Pompidou, unsurprisingly, sees only good in the text, particularly in its proposal for a centralised European Patent court.

This, he argues would "significantly enhance legal security for patent owners and the public alike".

"Such a court is the obvious missing element in the present system", he added.

The vote on the EPLA is scheduled for 11/12 October, with the 12th looking the more likely date. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.