Monday, January 22, 2007

EUPACO - Brussels 24 January 2007

The European Patent Conference (EUPACO) will be held in Brussels this week, Wednesday 24 January (programme).

The Conference is free and open to all, but registration is advised. Speakers from the US and across Europe (including myself) will present current research, policy, and proposals for reform of the EU patent system.

The EUPACO is an initiative of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), directed at assembling experts and stakeholders from a variety of perspectives for the examination and discussion of patent law in Europe.

FFII is a not-for-profit civil society organisation concerned particularly with information technology and market competition in this sector. In particular, the FFII has been very active in developments concerning the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA). FFII has expressed concerns with these reforms, and has produced the FFII Analysis of the EPLA to set these out.

Although FFII is well known for its contribution to debates on the impact of patent frameworks in software development, the EUPACO will be examining patent frameworks in diverse fields of technology, with a view to comprehensive debate on future patent policy in Europe.

The Brussels meeting will be an opportunity opportunity for individuals from diverse perspectives - including researchers, practitioners, industry and civil society - to examine patent law reform in Europe.

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