[A2k] EU to waive its powers to define a patent policy
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Mon Jun 25 04:05:15 PDT 2012
EU to waive its powers to define a patent policy
June 25, 2012
Next week the European Parliament will discuss and vote on ACTA. It will also
discuss and vote on a regulation on the unitary patent.
The unitary-patent.eu site notes:
“The European Parliament will vote on July 4th 2012 for a regulation on the
The current text, as agreed in December 2011 by the Commission, the Council
and the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament, amounts
for the European Union (EU) to waive its powers to define a patent policy for
the benefit of the European Patent Office (EPO), which is not an EU body and
whose governance has been highly criticised, specially with regard to its
practice of granting software patents, against the letter and the spirit of
European patent law.
Moreover, the implementation of this shift of powers is based on a legal
architecture which raises strong doubts about its compliance with the EU
treaties. Therefore, the proposal, if voted without substantial changes is
likely to be nullified by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
We are proposing a set of amendments aiming to bring a legal certainty to the
regulation and to fix the political issue of the governance of the European
You can help by calling Members of the European Parliaments (MEPs) in order
for them to table these amendments before Wednesday June 27th, 12:00.”
Secret negotiations on ACTA, an ACTA committee without transparency, and no
oversight on the granting of patents? This has to stop.
Get two for the price of one (free anyway), do call your MEP on both the
unitary patent regulation amendments and ACTA, using LQDN’s PiPhone. See also
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