Tuesday last week the European Parliament rhetorically asked in a press release (pdf) if the deal on the EU patent was already done. An official press release having this headline is truly sensational, since it implies that there are reasonable chances that Spain and Italy would agree on the EU Patent Package as well. However, a closer look into the press statement shows that sadly it is not announcing a sensational transformation of the enhanced-cooperation-driven Unitary Patent approach into an unanimous European Union Patent thanks to a last minute attempt of the EU Parliament, but only refers to the closed door negotiations between the EU Council under the Polish Presidency and JURI, the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (see related postings on ksnh::law and this blog):
Parliament's rapporteurs struck a political agreement with the Polish Presidency of the Council on the three proposals (unitary patent, language regime and unified patent court) that form the "EU patent package".
But this might be good news as well, since the JURI Rapporteurs Bernhard Rapkay (S&D, DE, in charge of 'Unitary Patent Protection'), Raffaele Baldassarre (EPP, IT, in charge of the 'Translation Arrangements') and Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP, DE, in charge of the 'Jurisdictional system for patent disputes') followed an agenda involving reduction of patenting costs for small firms and avoiding legal confusion created when dealing with differing national patent laws, whereas the latter issue is already solved by the tabled draft texts (Document 11328/11 “Proposal for a Regulation [...] implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection” dated 23 Jun 2011 and Document 15539/11 “Draft Agreement on a Unified Patent Court and draft Statute” dated 19 Oct 2011) ...Zum vollständigen Artikel