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  • Rambus avoids EU antitrust fine

    December 11, 2009

    Rambus has escaped a threat of fines from the EU Commission after antitrust officials agreed to accept a pledge from the chip technology company to lower its licence rates

  • EU single patent deal - but language question deferred (updated)

    December 04, 2009

    EU member states today signed an agreement in principle on establishing a single patent for the EU. But discussions over the language regime and a single court will continue next year

  • Qualcomm escapes sanctions in Europe

    November 24, 2009

    The European Commission has abandoned antitrust proceedings against US chip maker Qualcomm after its rivals dropped their complaints against the company

  • ECJ called on to clarify transhipment rules

    November 09, 2009

    Europe’s highest court is to be asked to rule on whether fake goods in transit through the EU can be seized under the 2003 Counterfeit Goods Regulation

  • MEPs demand court hearings before internet switch off

    November 09, 2009

    Representatives of the European Parliament and the Council last week agreed that member states can only block access to the internet after a fair and impartial procedure guaranteeing the user’s right to be heard

  • European Commission calls for digital book debate

    August 28, 2009

    The European Commission is asking IP owners and users for their views on how to make more copyright material available in digital libraries

  • Microsoft tries to head off European antitrust charges

    July 27, 2009

    The European Commission has described Microsoft’s plan to allow customers to choose which web browser they install on their PC as a “step in the right direction”

  • EU set to debate patent litigation rules

    July 13, 2009

    EU member states will be able to discuss plans for a unified patent litigation system in greater detail after the Commission published a working paper on the draft rules of procedure last week

  • European Commission brokers talks over online fakes

    July 10, 2009

    Internet trading platforms and brand owners across Europe are in talks over ways to curb the sale of fakes over the internet

  • Performers demand better online deals

    July 10, 2009

    Musicians and performers may not receive payment for their work even if peer-to-peer websites such as Pirate Bay begin to compensate rights owners, a European collecting society has warned

  • EU wants voluntary deal on online piracy

    June 29, 2009

    The European Commission is to encourage internet service providers and copyright owners to negotiate a voluntary agreement to tackle online piracy at the EU level

  • Europe seeks ECJ green light on patent court

    May 29, 2009

    EU ministers have agreed to ask Europe’s highest court to decide whether a Europe-wide patent litigation system is compatible with the EC Treaty

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