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Changing French position

Changing French position

Posted Jan 29, 2005 14:41 UTC (Sat) by ecureuil (subscriber, #3507)
Parent article: European software patent update

The French FFII chapter was auditioned last week by a French Parliament Commission and lobbyied for a reconsideration of the French Government position on the actual Patent directive. The French Government position was decided by the French patent office (INPI) an arm of the Ministry of Industry.

The French FFII is trying to push for a creation of an interministerial committee on the question that would mean that the decision process would be made more by the politicians and less by the technocrats of the Patent Office. There was a political consensus within the members of the commission that it was the way to go but a parliamentary commission in France does not have a lot of power and certainly not the power to block the executive.

On the political level, Jacques Chirac and Patrick Devedjian (the Industry minister) have been more or less pro-Open Source (or at least left the door open) and they would certainly not go against a popular movement like the FFII managed to raise. Will Patrick Devedjian have the courage to go against its administration ?

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