CEA-PME: Restart the Process on the EU Software Patent Directive
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- Press Release 1st February 2005
- Restart the Process on the EU Software Patent Directive
- Brussels "Restarting the process on the software patent directive would increase the chances for arriving at a balanced decision, and would be conducive to the reputation of EU democracy. Starting from the Commission's original proposal, this process has been suffering from a dogmatic approach to patent law and a set of priorities in which the demands of a few large players were put above any economic logic." The foregoing was stated by Mario Ohoven, President of the Conféderation Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (CEA-PME) ahead of a decision by the Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament on a possible restart of the process on the software patent directive. As president of CEA-PME, Mr. Ohoven represents more than 500,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in total. He pointed out that companies of all sizes would like to achieve a state of legal certainty at the earliest opportunity. However, the current proposal of the EU Council has been under heavy attack since May of last year, and it would be more likely to result in a failure of the process or an exacerbation of the very problem that it should solve. "In Brussels everyone knows that there is not a large number of countries that would still support last year's political agreement anymore in a free vote today", Mr. Ohoven said. He cited as an example the announcement by the German government that it would, in the future, introduce the constructive suggestions of the German parliament into the European debate. Those call for substantial changes to the Council's current proposal. For further information, please dont hesitate to contact our office
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