encourage the dissemination of technical knowledge in the Community and  promote the manufacture of technically more sophisticated products. [Therefore], [t]he obligations listed in Article 1 generally contribute to improving the production of goods and to promoting technical progress. They make holders of patents or know-how more willing to grant licenses and licensees more inclined to undertake the investment required to manufacture, use, and put on the market a new product or to use a new process.
Commission Regulation 240/96, Recitals 3 and 12, 1996 O.J. (L 31) 2.