Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Priorities of the Belgian Presidency of the Council 2010

The Belgian presidency of the Council has started, and it has published its six-month programme. The objectives and priorities are:

  • a return to maintained, sustainable and balanced growth throughout the European Union;
  • fulfilling the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy;
  • a new regulatory and supervisory structure for the financial sector;
  • green jobs and white jobs (health and social services jobs);
  • objectives and performance indicators for social protection, social inclusion, pensions and healthcare;
  • negotiations for a European patent;
  • guidelines for better coordination of Member States’ policy for research, development and innovation;
  • securing the energy supply;
  • agreement on European legislation which would allow Member States to recover the external costs generated by road transport from users;
  • establishing a single asylum procedure and a uniform international protection statute by 2012
  • fight against terrorism, organised crime, illegal immigration and human trafficking;
  • legal migration will also be a priority for the Presidency.

Interestingly, the program uses the motto “Let’s put Europe back into action!”. I wonder if this has anything to do with the outgoing Spanish presidency.

Pizza Napoletana in the Official Journal

Sometimes reading the Official Journal of the European Union has its benefits. Today we have the Regulation (EU) No 97/2010 entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed [Pizza Napoletana (TSG)]. What is remarkable about the regulation is the recipe for preparing the pizza napoletana (pp. 10-12). From personal experience I can highly recommend this specialty.


Reform of EU Patent Law

The Council has agreed on a framework for reform of the EU patent law. The Council approves the idea of a European and EU Patents Court (EEUPC) that will have exclusive jurisdiction in respect of civil litigation related to the infringement and validity of EU patents and European patents. The EEUPC should comprise a Court of First Instance, a Court of Appeal and a Registry.

European Parliament blocks Telecom Legislation

The European Parliament has introduced a new amendment on the reform package of EU telecommunications law, overriding the previously reached compromise.

It comes in defiance of a draft French law that persecutes Internet users who violate copyright laws by illegal sharing of content on the Internet. The amendment requires that “no restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of end users, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities (…) save when public security is threatened”.

This approach is contested by Member states and the whole package may fail.

Now I am wondering if this has anything to do with the row over the Working Time Directive?

Codified Directive on Legal Protection of Computer Programs

The new codified Directive 2009/24/EC on the legal protection of computer programs has been published in Official Journal. It replaces Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs.

The main provision:

“Member States shall protect computer programs, by copyright, as literary works within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.”