The Competitiveness Council of 22 September concluded that the long-discussed proposal for a Regulation creating a Community Patent is making relatively good progress, with a political agreement foreseen by 10 November 2003.
Budget Consolidation: wishful thinking and harsh reality
In 2002, both German and Portugal faced an
Excessive Deficit Procedure, when their deficits crossed the 3% hurdle, one of the criteria for adherence to the 12-member Eurozone. France looks as if it …
On 28 and 29 October the EU Presidency is organising a conference on growth, prosperity and patents titled: "An Insurance Scheme for Patents, The role of the National Patent Office and the Software Directive".
Cutting-edge companies are swapping their tightly coupled processes for loosely coupled ones making themselves not only more flexible but also more profitable.
The McKinsey Quarterly, 2002 Number 2 Risk and …
A second wind for ERP
(2000 Number 2)Inspired by a vision of hugely improved efficiency, in the 1990s most large industrial companies installed enterprise resource-planning systems: massive computer applications that let them manage their operations from a single integrated data set. …
Software companies caught in a downward spiral find it exceptionally difficult to escape. Yet a determined few succeed.
Mark Blumling, Kevin A. Frick, and William F. Meehan IIIThe McKinsey Quarterly, 2002 Number 3 While executing a turnaround in any industry can be …
A hard and soft look at IT investments
It s getting tougher and tougher to calculate costs and estimate benefits. No methodology can substitute for judgment. A new approach: total value of ownership.
Companiescangrow quickly without sacrificing performance discipline. The trick is to balance partitioning and integration.
Jonathan D. Day, Paul Y. Mang, Ansgar Richter, and John Roberts
The McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 Number 2
The Internal Market Council was due to come to an agreement on an EU wide patent, but remaining differences between the Member States may prevent this again on 21 May: the agenda mentions a "joint policy guideline".
The Consumer and Internal Market Council will on 1 March mainly focus on the community and software patents, consumer issues and the euro and preparations for the internal market discussions for the Barcelona Summit.
The Commission has presented a proposal for a Directive on the protection by patents of computer-implemented inventions to harmonise the approach of Member States' national patent laws dealing with inventions using software.
Internal Market Ministers failed to lift the deadlock over the community patent during their extraordinary Council on 20 December. The proposal for an EU-wide patent has been blocked because of the Member States' struggling over the linguistic arrangements of the Commission's proposals.