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"SMEs, software, copyright and patents" event co-hosted by the EPO and the FFII

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Brussels, 20 May 2005 -- The FFII in conjunction with the European Patent Office (EPO) is pleased to announce it is co-hosting a new conference on EU software patent policy entitled "!SMEs/, software, copyright and patents" to be held on Tuesday May 24th. Exploring the experiences and expectations of/ !SMEs with regard to patents on computer-implemented innovations, the event will consist of two panels of involved !SMEs together with representatives of the EPO discussing this vital issue.

Jonas Maebe, Board Member of the FFII, comments:

The programme is as follows:

Panel 1: "Business models in the software industry: importance of various types of intellectual property rights" will discuss the various ways in which software companies can protect investment.

Chair: Ms Theodora Karamanli, European Patent Office

Panel 2: "Software, copyrights and patents: what impact do they have on stakeholders?" will look at copyrights and patents in particular and will focus on experiences that companies have had using these systems, as well as the interaction between the two regimes.

Chair: Mr David Hammerstein MEP (the Greens)

In spite of the short notice, we hope to welcome you on May 24th!

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