Hearing of EU Court of Justice on EU Patent System did not Address Representation before Patents Court

In 2007, the European Commission presented different options regarding the creation of a unified patent litigation system in Europe [COM (2007) 165 final]. The following discussion in the Council Working Party on Intellectual Property based on various working documents presented by the Portuguese, Slovenian, French and Czech Presidencies, resulted in a first, preliminary Draft Agreement prepared by the Slovenian Presidency in May 2008 [Doc. 9124/08], which was then further elaborated and revised to yield the latest version of the Draft Agreement as proposed by the Czech Presidency on 23 March 2009 [Doc. 7928/09]. In the course of the discussions on creating a unified patent litigation system and due to requests by various delegations (and the French Presidency), an opinion by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was requested on the compatibility of the envisaged Agreement with the EU Treaty [Doc 9076/09]. The related Oral Hearing of the ECJ took place on May 18, 2010 and showed that there exist doubts whether a number of essential issues of the Draft Agreement are compatible with the EU Treaty and related EU law, as already reported by eminent IP bloggers Jeremy Phillips (here) and Axel Horns (here). For the sake of completeness and in completion of my earlier posting on the controvercy between lawyers and patent attorneys regarding the entitlement for representation before the future European and EU Patent Court (EEUPC), I briefly summarise the issues discussed at this important hearing below. Apparently, the representation arrangement pursuant Art. 28 (2) Draft Agreement, according to which "parties may alternatively be represented by European Patent Attorneys [.. ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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