“SMEs, software, copyright and patents” event co-hosted by the EPO and the FFII on May 24th

Brussels, 20 May 2005. The FFII in conjunction with the European Patent Office (EPO) is pleased to announce it is co-hosting a new conference on EU software patent policy entitled “SMEs, software, copyright and patents” to be held on Tuesday May 24th. Exploring the experiences and expectations of SMEs with regard to patents on computer-implemented innovations, the event will consist of two panels of involved SMEs together with representatives of the EPO discussing this vital issue. Jonas Maebe, Board Member of the FFII, said:

By holding its first ever Information Day in the European Parliament earlier this year, the European Patent Office clearly demonstrated its willingness to openly present and discuss its policy goals and views. They are continuing this trend by organising, together with the FFII, an event where stakeholders will talk about how they make their business profitable, what they desire from the patent system and what experiences they have had.