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+	  <title>European Patent: FSFE urges European Parliament to wait for legal advice</title>
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+  <body>
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+    <h1>European Patent: FSFE urges European Parliament to wait for legal advice</h1>
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+    <p newsteaser="yes">
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+    Free Software Foundation Europe is asking the Members of the European
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+    Parliament to wait for legal advice before voting on a unitary patent
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+    for Europe. While a proposal is on the Parliament's agenda for the
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+    coming week, a legal opinion by the European Court of Justice is
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+    expected later this month.
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+    </p>
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+    <p>
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+    "Software patents hurt innovation and are an unnecessary burden on
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+    European software developers," says Karsten Gerloff, President of the
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+    Free Software Foundation Europe. "Legislators need to take charge and
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+    make sure the patent system contributes to the public good. As the
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+    European Patent Organisation has acknowledged, this is a decision that
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+    cannot be left to bureaucrats and the judiciary."
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+    </p>
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+    <p>
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+    FSFE is concerned that the European Parliament will lose legislative
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+    competence regarding patents, which will then be controlled by the
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+    European Patent Organisation.  This clearly creates a conflict of
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+    interest, as the EPO will be responsible both for awarding patents and
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+    for defining what is patentable. The EPO's expansionist record in this
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+    regard gives cause to worry that this will lead to software patents
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+    being validated.
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+    </p>
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+
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+    <p>
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+    The European Court of Justice is expected to publish its opinion about
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+    the proposed "enhanced cooperation" of EU member states towards creating a
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+    single patent system for Europe. Documents published so far indicate
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+    that the Court will find the proposal in conflict with the EU
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+    treaties.  Resolving these will require fundamental changes to the
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+    proposal.  The Parliament's vote should take place after these changes
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+    so that the Parliament can review the actual proposal.
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+    </p>
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+    <p>
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+    FSFE hopes that the vote will be delayed until the Parliament can read
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+    the Court of Justice's opinion and has had time to analyse this
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+    proposal.
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+    </p>
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+    <h2>Contacts</h2>
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+    <p>
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+      Free Software Foundation Europe<br/>
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+      E-Mail: press at fsfeurope.org<br/><br/>
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+      Karsten Gerloff, President<br/>
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+      +49-176-96904298<br/>
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+      <a href="http://fsfe.org/contact/">More contact information</a>
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+    </p>
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+    <h2>About the Free Software Foundation Europe</h2>
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+
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+    <p>
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+    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-
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+    governmental organisation active in many European countries and 
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+    involved in many global activities. Access to software determines 
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+    participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in 
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+    the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
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+    Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the 
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+    furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study, 
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+    modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
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+    securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
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+    Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issue 
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+    of the FSFE.
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+    </p>
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