In our today's article "Anti-Patent Campaigners put their trust in François Hollande as EU Council attends to Unitary Patent Court again" on the ksnh::law blog we attend to the reopening of negotiations on the Unitary Patent Court at next week's Competitiveness Council meeting on May 31/June 1 (see draft agenda, item 19) and the influence anti-software-patent campaigners such as the French April group may have on the process now as socialist François Hollande took office as the new President of France.
In fact, Fleur Pellerin (@fleurpellerin), responsible for the digital economy in Hollande’s campaign team and now Deputy Minister responsible for SMEs, gave some disturbing answers (pdf, french) in a tendentious pre-election questionnaire regarding issues like computer-implemented inventions, the EPO, or the planned EU Unified Patent Court:
- The patentability of software would induce a partitioning of innovation that would be harmful to the ecosystem seen in its digital together. I am therefore opposed to the patenting of software.
- “I am unhappy with creating .
- It has already been found in the US that the patent chambers of the CAFC .
- It is .
“With this first Competitiveness EU Council, the French president and the government have a unique opportunity to act against software patents and on the legal uncertainties that threaten Free Software as well as many companies, especially SMEs and SMIs, by preventing them from innovating. [...] An overhaul of the entire European patent system is essential to avoid getting into a situation similar to that of the United States, in which millions of dollars are wasted because of an out of control patent system, and to ensure a democratic control over the patent system.”