Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Commission stack the deck in patent consultation

It seems that the EU Commission have been using Machievelian tactics in an effort to get the right answers to their patent 'consultation' process.

"The Commission made an undercover move to get more "useful" answers following the 12 April closing date of its Patent Policy consultation. It sought out small firms across Europe who had used the patent system. It then provided these firms with new documentation and specialist assistance to help them write individual answers. None of the firms answering the online consultation got this help. But when the software firms in this new group came to the same conclusions as the FFII, the Commission concluded that these firms were "lacking knowledge about the patent system"."

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