Organisations of Patent Professionals Submit Opinions on Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

After last week's EU Competitiveness Council meeting ended with rather positive news, stakeholders and interest groups increasingly launch attacks on the suggested EU Patent Package (see e.g. here and here). In two recent articles titled Critical Position Paper of International IP Federation FICPI on Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, and European Patent Lawyers Consider Proposed Unified Patent Court an 'Unwanted Present for Industry' the ksnh::law blog reports on two papers of FICPI [1] and EPLAW [2] commenting on the draft Unitary Patent Regulation and Unified Patent Court Agreement. FICPI and EPLAW are two of the best-known organisations representing the interests of patent professionals and their clients in Europe, the former being more of a patent attorney's organisation while the latter exclusively represents patent lawyers. As both organisations openly criticise the drafts lying on the table right now and agree to better "Go Slowly" and to take a few more months to get it, they take rather different positions regarding one essential issue, namely the question of whether or not Articles 6 to 8 (sustantive patent law w.r.t. infringement etc.) should remain in the Regulation for a Unified Patent, since leaving the Regulation as it is now would mean that the CJEU will have a say in substantive patent law in future. While FICPI thinks the following:
[1.2.2] Whereas FICPI cannot see a realistic alternative to a certain involvement of the CJEU also in questions related to infringement cases [...] when a pan-EU harmonisation of patent jurisdiction should be achieved within the EU, FICPI realizes that there could be problems in practice if the effects (and limitations) differ between the UPR and the UPC Agreement.[.. ...
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