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From: Nicole Martinelli <editor a zoomata.com>
To: Stefano Maffulli
Subject: Cordis report: European Commission's proposal regarding the patentability
Date: 29 Aug 2003 10:47:10 +0200
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Debate is expected to intensify this autumn on the European Commission's
proposal regarding the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. The
Commission says that it simply wants to eliminate ambiguity in the way
software-related patents are handled, and deal with differences in the way
EU Member States interpret individual patents. As our top story in this
week's CORDIS Express indicates, however, this argument has failed to
reassure some software developers.
Dr Peter Gerwinski is typical of the protestors that gathered outside the
European Parliament on 27 August to highlight their opposition to the
Commission's proposals. Owner of a small software company in Germany, Dr
Gerwinski believes that Europe's legislators will soon be taking a decision
that could lead to the widespread introduction of software patenting in the
EU, with very negative consequences for SMEs such as his.
The next step for this proposed legislation is its submission to European
Parliament for plenary debate and a subsequent decision next week, on 1
September. It remains to be seen if MEPs have been influenced to any degree
by the arguments of Dr Gerwinski and his fellow protestors.
Innovative companies should have no problems at all with the Commission's
proposals on the reduction of greenhouse gases, as this week's 'Focus on
Innovation' feature indicates. A result of commitments entered into under
the Kyoto Protocol, the draft legislation would stimulate research into
environmentally-friendly technologies, it is claimed.
In 'Around Europe', we feature a new report into the level of cooperation
between EU Member States on marine research infrastructures. Worryingly, the
report points to a highly fragmented situation, in which the maintenance of
infrastructure accounts for as much as half of the research funds spent.
A selection of events, partners, projects and emerging technologies are
highlighted, before 'finally and briefly', we present some potentially
shocking new research which indicates that many snakes hitherto treated as
pets could have some nasty surprises in store for their owners...
Encouraging open source software in public administrations
The European Commission's Enterprise DG has published a call for tenders to
establish a service to encourage good practice in the area of open source
software in public administrations.
The service will primarily address national and regional open source
competence centres and will include carrying out technical and economic
analysis and issuing recommendations.
The prime action, however, will be to establish a systematic overview of
open source activities in European public administrations, and to facilitate
the exchange of information about opportunities and risks associated with
open source software.
The total envisaged budget for the contract is 500,000 euro.
For further information, please contact:
Unit D2 'Networks between public administrations (IDA)'
FAO: Ms Manuela Finetti
rue de la Science 2/49
Tel +32-2-296 0109
Fax +32-2-299 0286
To see the full details of the call, please consult the following web
Remarks: The deadline for requesting tender documents is 25.9.2003.
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 1.10.2003.
Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult
the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the
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