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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Thom, share this with Samsung lawyers
by ozonehole on Fri 12th Aug 2011 02:07 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

I know that Samsung lawyers are not idiots and will explore every legal avenue open to them. However, Thom, you might want to send them a link to this article (assuming you can figure out how to contact them). The reason why is not so much to help Samsung, but because perhaps we could jointly use their considerable resources to get help get these obnoxious "community design" rules removed from the books or at least modified.

We open-source geeks may have the moral high ground on our side, but Samsung has the money, influence and lobbying power to get things done. This is one of those rare cases where even those who are reflexively anti-corporate may have reason to work with a corporation to get the law changed.

Keep in mind the old axiom, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Even if it's only a temporary alliance.

Edited 2011-08-12 02:10 UTC

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah...uh...one South Korean corporation is not in a position to change EU law. Really.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I wish it was the case, but many laws are here to show that governments are not immune to corporate pressure. DMCA, ACTA, DADVSI, and now this Community Design...

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przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Lobbbing is the world that is missing from your dictionary. Repair that!

And it may not be direct lobbing (however EU lobbing is enourmous), but lobbing public is also good, and Samsung can make "waves" in public opinion, if it choose.

But Samsung is here not for changing law. Its for making moneys, so distroying CD many not be its goal.

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