IPRED2: Call on the 25 Governments to remove criminal sanctions in case of patent infringement

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(Brussels, 16 feb 2005) According to the title of a non-public document appearing on the Council website, the European Commission is asking the written oppinion of the 25 Member States which rights they want to see removed from the list of the IPRED2 directive proposal (2005-0127 COD).

The FFII and other associations are calling on the Member States to remove patent infringements from the list of IP rights concerned. The broad and abstract nature of software patents makes infringement unavoidable, and most software systems unavoidably infringe on multiple patents. The resulting litigation is already a problem in many sectors. However, criminalisation of patent infringment would be catastrophic change that would severely damage the innovation process, and thus the European economies.



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