Sixteen Soundbites From An IPR Workshop

I will soon publish my impression from a highly entertaining European Commission workshop on intellectual property rights and ICT standards on 19 November 2008 in Brussels, Belgium held at the Bedford Hotel, formerly a cotton mill. Since I attended yesterday at the Commission in Brussels, I am still patching up my notes. Here is a very first impression. These are soundbites from the workshop. Some caused laughter. Others were just strange. Others again did not necessarily have one clear interpretation. I will leave it to the readers to interpret them for now. Feel free to join the debate, web 2.0 style (and do let me know if I am misquoting somebody):

1.- A good patent search costs €100 K, Rigo Wenning, W3C.

2. - We do copyleft within our foundation, Yann Dietrich, LiMo Foundation.

3. - Can open standards be sexy?, phrase heard during the coffee break.

4. - Ex ante disclosure is fashionable, Heinz Dourek , Director-General of DG Enterprise in his introduction.

5. - Among the 4000 requests for appeals received by the US Supreme Court, they act on 100”, Suzanne Michel, FTC.

6. - Patent applications are on the sharp increase. It is likely that ICT standards will be covered by more patents, Tomoko Miyamoto, Senior counsellor, WIPO, speaker.

7. - I am not sure that Microsoft can be considered to be an SME, Amy Morasco, Microsoft .

8.- Cloudy computing is a new trend, Anne Catherine Lorrain.

9.- Non-standardized technologies promote interoperability, CompTIA leaflet.

10. - We have made certain statements, unnamed conference speaker.

11.- I do not speak on behalf of myself, Eduardo Gutentag, Chairman of the Oasis Board of Directors.

12. - Open Source is not a business model, Amy Morasco.

13. - OOXML is being implemented in Open Office products, Amy Morasco.

14. - IPR and standards is very complex. In fact, it is a very complex field, Harald Heiske, Siemens.

15. - SMEs are beyond the radar of patent trolls, Alexander Wurzer, SME speaker from NORMAPME.

16. - If you want to write a book, do so, and send it to us, Karel de Vriendt, Head of Unit, IDABC Programme, DG DIGIT (panel chairman's introduction about speakers time keeping).

Comments:

"15. - SMEs are beyond the radar of patent trolls, Alexander Wurzer, SME speaker from NORMAPME." One of the most active company during the swpat debate had received a threat letter from Acacia (well known patent troll), they didn't know how to react. It is a small swedish company as far as I remember. And the same remark is also valid for iMatix, a small belgian company that had a project cancelled due to threats made by a patent troll.

Posted by zoobab on November 21, 2008 at 07:01 AM GMT #

If you want precision in your quotes, the audio recordings are available here: http://media.ffii.org/IprStandards081119/

Posted by zoobab on November 21, 2008 at 07:05 AM GMT #

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