[A2k] The French Senate adopts the Unitary Patent, without any debate

Frederic Couchet fcouchet at april.org
Thu Nov 21 14:23:35 PST 2013


The French Senate adopts the Unitary Patent, without any debate

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Paris, 21 November 2013. Press release

Earlier this morning, without any debate, the French Senate adopted a
bill to authorise the ratification of the agreement establishing a
unified patent jurisdiction in Europe. April regrets that the Senators
failed to discuss this text, which was described as purely technical, as
was the international agreement that it endorses.

This Thursday morning, the bill authorising the ratification of the
agreement establishng a unified patent jurisdiction was to be examined
at the plenary of the French Senate. Instead of being sujected to a real
discussion, this bill, which is critical for innovation and programming
freedom, was put to the vote of the attending Senators within seconds.

Yet, the dangers entailed by this agreement have long been denounced
publicly. “The speediness of the attending Senators' vote only matches
their incompetence and I-don't-care attitude over an agreement that will
harm French and European businesses, as well as EU law, for the sole
benefit of large American or Asian corporations and, above all, of the
European Patent Office — of which Senator Yung, the main promoter of the
project at the Senate, was once the director”, said Gérald
Sédrati-Dinet, April's volunteer patent expert.

April hopes that the deputies will insist on a real discussion when the
text goes to the National Assembly.

For further information on the Unitary Patent, please refer to the
unitary-patent.eu website, and the article Only Gandalf can protect
Europe from the Unitary Patent in particular.

April - Promouvoir et défendre le logiciel libre


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