Fwd: [Fwd: [Free-sklyarov-uk] Patent office calling for comments]

MJ Ray markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk
Fri Mar 15 12:38:13 UTC 2002

The Association For Free Software is interested in this topic, but is
currently deciding what action to take.  I suspect this campaign will be
discussed at the next meeting, but I'd invite everyone to discuss it on the
fsfe-uk at gnu.org mailing list now.

Once again, how do we move forward in the most effective manner?


Subject: [Fwd: [Free-sklyarov-uk] Patent office calling for comments]
From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Jo=E3o?= Miguel Neves <joao at silvaneves.org>
Date: 15 Mar 2002 12:07:49 +0000
To: discussion at fsfeurope.org

I received this message on another mailing-list. I would ask people from
the UK to help there patent office on this issue.

To: free-sklyarov-uk at xenoclast.org
From: Jim Peters <jim at uazu.net>
Subject: [Free-sklyarov-uk] Patent office calling for comments
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 19:59:17 +0000

Probably other people have also received this in their E-mail today if
they were involved in the patent consultation thing a while back, but
I'll quote it here for anyone else to see.

I'm suspecting this might be a little off-topic, but it seems related
to what we're working with ...


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                                                       The Patent Office
Official responsible:    Robin Webb
Direct line:             01633 813722                      Concept House
Fax:                     01633 814922                       Cardiff Road
E-mail:                  robin.webb at patent.gov.uk                Newport
                                                             South Wales
                                                                NP10 8QQ

                               Central Enquiry Unit:       08459 500 505
                                        Text Phone:        08459 222 250



14 March 2002


In March last year the Government published its conclusions on whether
patents should be granted for computer software or ways of doing
business, following a consultation exercise.  The central conclusion
was "to reaffirm the principle that patents are for technological
innovations.  Software should not be patentable where there is no
technological innovation, and technological innovations should not
cease to be patentable merely because the innovation lies in
software."  But an urgent need to clarify the law was identified.
Ways of doing business should remain unpatentable.  The Government's
conclusions are available at


Since then the Government has been pressing the case for action at
European level, and last month the European Commission published its
long-awaited proposal for a directive, available at


The Patent Office invites views on how far the proposal for a
directive meets the objectives set out in the Government's
conclusions.  In particular, we would welcome comments on:

*  whether the proposal is clear;
*  whether it deals clearly and satisfactorily with
    computer-implemented business methods where the inventive step is
    in the business method;
*  the treatment of the form of claim, in relation in particular to
    claims for programs.

We would welcome comments by Friday 7 June.  These should be emailed
to policy at patent.gov.uk or posted to:

Robin Webb
Room 3 B 40
The Patent Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
NP10 8QQ
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