Internet startup companies, EuroLinux and VoV -- the Internet section
the German social democrat party, will organise on July 5th at
Stuttgart a seminar to study the concept of the technical invention
European patent system. http://swpat.ffii.org/penmi/linuxtag-2001/.
Recently the patentability of software and business methods has
subject of an intense public debate with expert input from a wide
fields, including engineering, informatics, law, economics and
At the core of this debate lies the distinction between matter-based
"technical inventions" and mind-based "rules of organisation and
calculation". This requirement of "technicity", in its original
leads to the exclusion of software and intangible services from
patentability. The notion of technicity, in its recent meaning
judges at the European Patent Office, leads to the patentability of
software and intangible services and to a de facto limitless patent
The seminar will study the evolution of the meaning of technicity in
last 15 years. Participants include lawyers, software specialists,
representatives of professional associations, politicians, civil
The seminar will be organised at LinuxTag in Germany, one of the
active market for free/opensource software in Europe. LinuxTag is
biggest Linux exhibition in the world. Free software is actively
by the German governments which sponsors projects such a GPG as well
the Berlios opensource software portal (http://www.berlios.de).
If you want to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About EuroLinux - www.EuroLinux.org
The EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure is an
coalition of commercial companies and non-profit associations united
promote and protect a vigourous European Software Culture based on
Standards, Open Competition, Linux and Open Source Software.
members or supporters of EuroLinux develop or sell software under
semi-free and non-free licenses for operating systems such as Linux,
The EuroLinux Alliance launched on 2000-06-15 an electronic petition
protect software innovation in Europe. The EuroLinux petition has
so far massive support from more than 80.000 European citizens, 2000
corporate managers and 300 companies.
The EuroLinux Alliance has co-organised in 1999, together with the
Embassy in Japan, the first Europe-Japan conference on Linux and
Software. The EuroLinux Alliance is at the initiative of the
www.freepatents.org web site to promote and protect innovation and
competition in the European IT industry.
France & Europe: Stefane Fermigier email@example.com +33-6 63 04 12
Germany & Europe: Harmut Pilch firstname.lastname@example.org +49-89 127 89 608
Denmark and Northern Europe: Anne O/stergaard email@example.com
Belgium: Nicolas Pettiaux firstname.lastname@example.org
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