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"No Power for the Parliament" warns EPO examiners

zoobab (201383) writes | more than 4 years ago

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zoobab (201383) writes "The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, warning of risks for the European Parliament to be "circumvented" as a legislator when the EU will accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). The European Patent Organisation is everything except a model of democracy: national patent offices are in power, there is no parliament involved in the decision making process, and diplomatic conferences are held behind closed doors. There are plans to create a central patent court in Europe, which would operate in a democratic vacuum, as it would not be counterbalanced by any legislative assembly, let alone the European Parliament. Such central patent court could also validate software patents via caselaw (as it was recently done with the Microsoft FAT patent by the German Supreme Court), and Microsoft, IBM or SAP are lobbying in Brussels not to reopen the software patent directive."

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Title mistake: s/warns/warn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32172578)

Title mistake: s/warns/warn

This is totally unacceptable (1)

mashiyach (757252) | more than 4 years ago | (#32174440)

What is happening to the world?
One has heard about military coup d'état, but for an organization to behave like this seems like law and order has ended.

I guess this implies it's time for a new revolution!

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