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Fighting software patents: a report from Brussels

Fighting software patents: a report from Brussels

Posted May 6, 2004 20:03 UTC (Thu) by erwbgy (subscriber, #4104)
In reply to: Fighting software patents: a report from Brussels by rjw
Parent article: Fighting software patents: a report from Brussels

I expressed this very concern to Bill Newton Dunn (UK LibDem MEP) and he
responded with:

"In 2nd reading, the parliament can if it so votes, put its previously
passed amendments back in again. This is the normal process of
legislating between two houses of a parliament - as in the US Congress
where both houses have to agree - but not as in London where one house
has more power than the other (and therefore there is an inadequate
democratic check on the powerful house).
If after two readings each by both parliament and Council, there is no
agreement on the final amendments to the text, there is a "Conciliation"
negotiation between the two bodies, and then both bodies vote separately
on the negotiated text. If both vote to accept that final text, then that
is the text of the law. If they cannot agree, or if one house rejects the
negotiated text, then the whole law lapses."

So, some MEPs have a clue and it seems that it is possible for us to
succeed by convincing parliament alone.


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Fighting software patents: a report from Brussels

Posted May 6, 2004 23:03 UTC (Thu) by rjw (guest, #10415) [Link]

Thats very good to know. But....

If that happens, then the individual states will come under tremendous
pressure from the US State Department, IBM, Nokia, etc etc to "harmonise".
Given that the UK PTO is the driving force for this change, if it doesn't
happen on an EU level, they'll be screwing up my dayjob anyway.

But if some large economies stay out of the mess, hopefully all out patent
crackdown can be avoided. I'm not feeling hopeful though.


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