Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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RE: Thank you
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:42 UTC in reply to "Thank you"
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Once this article has seen some exposure (at least here on OSNews), and spelling has been checked and possible wrong facts are corrected, I will contact several of my elected officials in both Europe and the Lower House with this information. It might not do much, but at least I tried.

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RE[2]: Thank you
by ephracis on Thu 11th Aug 2011 10:05 in reply to "RE: Thank you"
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Great idea! I will do the same. I felt safe from those stupid software patents here in Sweden but now this? I bet you there's someone, or will be, whom have at least one Community Design looking like my Stoffi application. Wtf?! How am I supposed to continue creating software when I have all these obstacles preventing me from creating even the most basic stuff?

I need my own damn country. Time to colonize the moon! Who's with me?

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RE[3]: Thank you
by Lennie on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Thank you"
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I hear Sealand is for sale, but it isn't cheap and it isn't recognised by many countries.

Although I'm sure colonizing the moon isn't cheap either. ;-)

Edited 2011-08-11 11:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Thank you
by ephracis on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Thank you"
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I have just sent a letter to my officials and I anticipate their answer. I am also planning on writing to one of the larger news papers here in Sweden to shed some light on this problem.

This seriously bothers me deeply, as I have plans on starting a company in the IT-business. But with a minefield like this the outlook it starting to look a lot dimmer.

Does anyone know how different EU states can handle this issue? Do we need to get this all the way up to the EU officials in order to change it?

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