[Ip-health] EU to waive its powers to define a patent policy

Ante ante at ffii.org
Mon Jun 25 04:05:15 PDT 2012

EU to waive its powers to define a patent policy
with links

June 25, 2012
By Ante

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 
unitary patent.

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 
patent system.

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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