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Agent technology can provide an effective support to ICT-enabled inter-business cooperation structures such as Virtual Enterprises, both as regards search and negotiation purposes. The implementation of software agents in the VE life-cycle requires a secure normative framework which safeguards the interests of participants, their contracting parties and, in… (More)
The paper is partly based on research done for the EU-funded (IST-2004-2.4.9) project ALIS (Automated Legal Intelligent System) on Intellectual Property Law. We describe the development process of the ALIS Intellectual Property ontology from both a legal and a technical perspective. We discuss the scope and the features of this IP ontology, the lessons… (More)
Virtual Enterprises (VEs) use software agents (SAs) to reduce costs, speed up operations, and increase efficiency and competitiveness. Agents can carry out negotiations and make contracts without any human intervention. This makes them useful both in negotiations to set up a VE and in contracting with VE partners. Agents raise legal problems about the… (More)
This paper presents HARE, a rule-based system addressing a section of the Italian law, and in particular the taxes to be paid to start legal proceedings. HARE uses an Italian version of Softlaw's STATUTE Expert. We will then shortly describe the main aspects of STATUTE Expert approach and some recent developments of this system.
Virtual Enterprises are ICT-enabled business-cooperation structures that can derive a substantial support from the use of agent technology. However, this poses a series of legal issues that have to be adequately tackled in the light of available legal tools, from applicable rules and regulations in force, to private agreements and usage. This short paper… (More)