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2 Gnews from Germany
It appears from Markenbusiness that Google has ceased allocating new Gmail email addresses in Germany, in the wake of a protracted legal dispute with Daniel Giersch, the owner of the trade mark ‘Gmail…und die Post geht richtig ab’. After Giersch obtained injunctive relief against Google in May, the US search mammoth has renamed its email service Googlemail. Existing holders of Gmail email addresses are not apparently affected.
3 That Software Directive again
The IPKat has received this today from Andrea Glorioso:
"I agree with your statement that "What WAS needed [...] is something that enables national patent offices around the European Union to identify the same inventions as being patentable or non-patentable". I think you know that what FFII, and all organizations that helped it in the lobbying process against pro-swpat proponents, actually wanted was the approval of the proposed directive with the added "Rocard amendments". This would achieved the objective to have a coherent legislation on patents, while at the same time not allowing patents on software and pure information processing.
The fact that in the end the MEP groups that were pro-swpat voted against the directive is in my opinion - and not only in my opinion - a sign that pro-swpat interests *feared* the potential outcome that I depicted above, and in the end preferred having no rule rather than a rule against their interests (which in my opinion are not the interests of the European software industry). Now it will be crucial to analyse what the next steps will be. I suspect will see a lot of "behind the scenes" manouvering, even though the Commission said it won't repropose the same directive again".
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5 Scientologists drop case at 11th hour
One of Europe's longest-running and most fiercely contested copyright soap operas has reached a premature end, according to news on The Register that the Church of Scientology has dropped its copyright infringement claim against writer Karin Spaink, who hyperlinked to documents from the Church of Scientology concerning its doctrines.
The Church of Scientology commenced proceedings in 1995 to prevent publication of the disputed material. The Dutch Supreme Court was due to deliver its ruling tomorrow. Some of the earlier litigation has been reported in English in Sweet & Maxwell's bimonthly European Copyright and Design Reports.