Europe joins the information cul-de-sac


The European Commission launched its Info2000 plan in Cannes last week. The programme seeks to “exploit Europe’s public sector information”, but this promise had a hollow ring. Officials from DG XIII, the Commission’s telecommunications and information directorate, admitted that there are still no plans to put European patents online. The US Patent Office has already put its patents on the Internet but the European Patent Office in Munich only supplies libraries with CD-ROMs. DG XIII’s principal administrator, Bernard Smith, says the Commission wants to exploit the vast resources of information owned by the public sector, which “would be extremely valuable for both individuals and business users”. All the EPO’s indexes are already in electronic form, along with copies of all patent applications filed through the EPO. But Smith was unable to say when this information would be available on the Internet. Did this mean there was no prospect of free access to the EPO’s patent information? “Don’t quote me,” Smith told a packed roomful of journalists,
  • 首页
  • 游艇租赁
  • 电话
  • 关于我们