Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


FOSS policy engagement: EU FOSS Act

New legislation: * EU FOSS Act - market regulation for software who's source code is FOSS (e.g. most software) * Public Sector Software Act - the "must-use-FOSS" laws of the past decade have often failed, and it's the same issue each time. Success is mostly down to political will. Tighter drafting changes nothing, but there are also structural remedies that should be tried. * Patent Transparency Act - if the SEPs Reg doesn't get the job done, the idea of a patent register should be given its own text. Should also create a mechanism to ensure that patent problems clearly disappear in any category which the new court rules is not valid patentable subject matter.


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