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Guest blog post by Patrick Oliver, Executive Director Intellectual Property 2 Innovate (IP2Innovate) IP2I member companies have direct experience of being attacked by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), also known as patent trolls, and are concerned about their increasing litigation activity in Europe and its harmful effect on Europe’s digital economy. PAEs are financial vehicles that… » read more

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Guest blog post by Maarten de Groot, Campaign Coordinator ECI campaign and Daniela Vancic. The ECI Campaign is highly disappointed that the majority of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament yesterday decided to ignore our call, supported by more than 70 civil society organisations, to take greater ownership and responsibility for the European… » read more

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Guest blog post by Eugenio Cusumano, assistant professor in International Relations, University of Leiden The recent disembarkation in Valencia of the migrants rescued by the Aquarius, a ship operated by the charity SO-Mediterranée, solves a diplomatic standoff in danger of turning into a humanitarian crisis. The roads and sea routes to hell, however, are paved… » read more

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Guest blog post by Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director, European Publishers Council MEPs will vote this week on the controversial Publisher’s [neighbouring] right. There’s a lot at stake: As MEPs consider the details: the wording, the phrasing, the multiple possible interpretations, the nitty gritty of every line in every article of the draft EU Copyright… » read more

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Guest blog post by Lionel Rudant, Strategic Marketing, CEA-Leti and Bernard Strée, European Research Program, CEA-Leti The Industrial Revolution beginning in the mid-18th Century and its periodic echoes were driven by electronic miniaturisation that led to massive, low-cost production of consumer goods. From now on, new technologies will be deployed and adopted based on the… » read more

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Guest blog post by Patrick Gibbels, owner of Gibbels Public Affairs This morning, I read a report stating that the German competition authority might be going after platforms, giving European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (Competition) a new fuel injection for her own crusade. For the past year, maybe longer, the EU has been happily engaged in… » read more

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Guest blog post by Garlich von Essen, Secretary General, European Seed Association (ESA) and Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding & Innovation Advocacy, European Seed Association (ESA) The Advocate General takes a differentiated view when assessing the regulatory status of plants resulting from new breeding methods. The latest plant breeding methods like genome editing can help… » read more

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Guest blog post by Erika Mastrorosa, a graduate of Italian philosophy. As of June 1st 2018, Italy officially has a new government. Giuseppe Conte was sworn in as PM taking an oath of loyalty to the Italian constitution in front of President Mattarella in the Quirinal, notwithstanding the doubts that were raised over the academic… » read more

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