Monday, April 09, 2007

Dates for the Diaries - Patenting Lives; EPO Patent Forum; EUPACO-2

A few dates for your patents diaries ...

The Patenting Lives Project is presenting a free lunchtime seminar - "Patenting Lives: GMOs and (Cultural) Co-Existence in Europe" - at the University of Queensland this Friday 13th. Co-hosted by ACIPA and the TC Beirne School of Law, the seminar will run from 12-1pm, Forgan-Smith Building (Room 1-W341). If any of you are in Brisbane it would be great to see you there.

The European Patent Forum will be taking place in Munich, 18-19 April. The Patent Forum will consider the broader context in which the development of patent law takes place: "one of the first attempts to examine intellectual property as a whole, taking into account political, social, ethical, technological, environmental and historical factors". Johanna Gibson will be there following work on the Scenarios for the Future project and Patenting Lives.

Another important event in the discussion of patent policy is EUPACO-2. This next meeting in the series of EUPACO events will be held in Brussels, 15-16 May and the draft programme is now available. EUPACO (the European Patent Conference - "Towards a New Patent System") was conceived by the Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), largely in response to the proposed software patents directive. But from this work, EUPACO has developed the debate towards sustainability in the patent system more broadly, with particular attention to the context and framework for policy development in the area of patents. Johanna Gibson was at the earlier meeting (24 January 2007), which was a very successful example of the diverse interests contributing to EUPACO, with a wide range of contributions from various stakeholders, including practitioners and academics, industry and civil society. The forthcoming 2 day meeting in May promises to be an equally stimulating event and a further example of genuine policy debate.

1 comment:

Diana said...

Free Information Infrastructure is a term used primarily in Europe mirroring the official US term National Information Infrastructure, introduced in early nineties by a U.S. Patent Office paper. The terms global information infrastructure and information highway were also used as a governmental term for the Net. sportsbook, Free Information Infrastructure rather focuses on freedom and is widely used by open standards lobby groups in Europe. Free Information Infrastructure focuses on the Internet. The Internet and the media that is used to access the net shall be free.

A Free Information Infrastructure comprises

No software patents, no patents for eCommerce and data processing.
Free access.
Network neutrality.
Open standards.
Little control by state.
Free speech.
Strong competition law.
Sometimes: Free/Libre (Open Source) Software.