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  7. <title>FSFE -Statement by the Free Software Foundation Europe
  8. submitted at WIPO SCP/14 on January 25, 2010</title>
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  12. <a href="/projects/un/">United Nations</a> / <a href="/projects/wipo/">WIPO</a>
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  14. <h1>Statement by the Free Software Foundation Europe at WIPO SCP/14</h1>
  15. <h4>Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, Fourteenth Session, Geneva, January 25, 2010 to January 29, 2010</h4>
  16. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe would like to congratulate you on your
  17. election to the Chair of this very important committee, as well the
  18. two Vice-Chairs. We are confident that under your able guidance,
  19. discussions will be productive, inclusive and balanced. We would also
  20. like to congratulate Mr Pooley on his new office as Deputy Director
  21. General of WIPO, and wish him success in his work.</p>
  22. <p>We thank the Secretariat once more for the preparation of the Report
  23. on the Internation Patent System (SCP/12/3 Rev 2), which is an
  24. excellent and comprehensive document. We welcome the evidence-based
  25. approach which is permeates large parts of this important document. We
  26. also commend the Secretariat for its hard work in preparing the
  27. preliminary studies now before this committee.</p>
  28. <p>We note in particular that the report on the international patent
  29. system (SCP/12/3 Rev 2) states a clear economic rationale for the patent
  30. system, describing it as one among several tools to promote innovation
  31. and development. The report invites us to consider where this
  32. particular tool can be productively applied; but also to think about
  33. where other regulations — or indeed the absence of regulation –
  34. would do more to promote innovation and development.</p>
  35. <p>In the light of these considerations, we strongly support the proposal
  36. made by Brazil to create a working program in this committee for the
  37. discussion of limitations and exceptions, and their effectiveness in
  38. addressing development concerns.</p>
  39. <p>Getting the relationship between patents and standards right will be
  40. key to safeguarding and promoting innovation in the technology
  41. sector.</p>
  42. <p>In order to make use of the broad selection of tools we have available
  43. to promote innovation, we believe that this committee’s work programme
  44. should include a discussion of open and collaborative approaches to
  45. innovation. We note the support which groups such as the International
  46. Chamber of Commerce have just now expressed for these approaches. The
  47. committee would also be enriched by a discussion of Open Standards as
  48. an approach to enabling innovation and lowering the bar to market
  49. entry.</p>
  50. <p>With regard to the so-called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  51. (ACTA) that is being negotiated in Mexiko this week, we urge the SCP
  52. to call on the negotiating countries to disclose the drafts for this
  53. agreement, so that its consequences for the patent system can be
  54. discussed, and we do not duplicate efforts. FSFE strongly objects to
  55. the intransparent manner and secrecy in which the negotiations for
  56. ACTA are being conducted. Such intransparency and secrecy are not
  57. conducive to building confidence into the outcome of this negotiation
  58. process.</p>
  59. <p>With these preliminary remarks, we would like to conclude our
  60. statement. We are looking forward to making more specific comments at
  61. the time the preliminary studies are discussed.</p>
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