Second SME Intergroup Meeting on the Software Patent Directive
Members of the SME Intergroup (interfractional group of Members of the European Parliament) organised a second meeting about the Software Patent Directive in Strassbourg. "!SMEs" were represented by the Business Software Alliance and the original author of the Commission proposal Francisco Mingorance.
Invitation to MEPs
- The Presidents of the SME Intergroup Othmar Karas MEP, Edit Herczog MEP and Wolf Klinz MEP cordially invite you to the second SME Intergroup Meeting on the Directive on patentability of computer-implemented inventions (Software Patent Directive) As all the amendments are tabled now we will discuss this topic and the effects of the directive on SMEs with the rapporteur Michel Rocard MEP, the shadow rapporteur Piia-Nora Kauppi MEP and Francisco Mingorance, Director of Policy from BSA (Business Software Alliance). The meeting will be on Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 16.30-17.30h, SDM-S3, European Parliament, Strasbourg.
1. Mr. Rocard 16:45 to 17:05
- - French
2. Ms. Kauppi 17:05 to 17:18
- - seperate political and legal site of the debate - Legal: Parliament wants Status Quo - Patents now go to far - Political: Problems with wording (see amount of ammendments) - General, SME related:
- General patent system is very enterprise oriented (20.000/patent too much f. SME)
- SME must focus on work, not on patents
- Big industry would suffer no outsourcing possible
- Court case opportunities: Not realistic to fight against big players (just blackmailing)
3. Mr. Mingorance 17:19 to 17:26
- - patents are in the hand of SMEs (detailed information will follow) - patents enhance access build business around SMEs - chance to improve patent system:
- more inclusive patent system
- accessable and cost-effective system
-> patents are accessable to SMEs
4. Mr. Rocard 17:27 to 17:33
- - agrees to Mr. Mingorance, but not sufficient
- Request for clarification for legal zone of patents and copyright
- Ensure of legal protection is out of reach for SMEs - copyright is competitable - technical aspects needs to be protected as well as all innovation - problem: border of technical aspect
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