[Fsfe-ie] Brian Crowley
j.heald at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Jul 6 16:26:00 CEST 2005
I missed the full debate, but just read this in the official summary:
Brian CROWLEY (IE) for the UEN group paid a personal tribute to the
efforts of Mr Rocard, but he said that the debate on this issue seems
often to be totally unconnected to the real world. "Innovation is the
key to our economies. Ideas need protection. A free-for-all would mean
no protection, with US and Japanese companies able to patent European
ideas. Patents are not a sword, they are a shield." He said 62 000 jobs
in Ireland were based in small computer innovation businesses, and all
these SMEs favoured the common position.
_All_ these SMEs ???
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