London bit to host Unified Patent Court trimmed down as D-Day (or rather "Jour J") is Approaching

English IP lawyers lobbying to bring the Japanese IP High Court home to London. Joff Wild, chief editor of renowned London-based IP strategist's periodical IAM magazine considering himself a prod Brit has already previously expressed that, when it comes to the UPC seat, his "sympathies are with the Germans". Now he again explains why London should not be the home of an EU patent court and clearly pleaded for Munich ("makes the most sense") and for Paris and even The Hague, the latter having entered only recently the race for the seat of the Central Division - the first instance of the future Unified EU Patent Court. Mr Wild basically concluded that
London offers nothing that the other candidate cities do not offer, while its drawbacks are far greater than those presented by Munich, Paris or the Hague. The UK government should not have entered the race in the first place; it should withdraw now. But if it does not, other member states should not consider the UK capital. There are far better alternatives elsewhere.
Besides a number of rather structural factors (comparably few potential UK court users, too expensive, peripheral location, etc.), the probably most persuasive argument is that
UK government and representative IP organisations have shown little inclination to do any of the heavy lifting. [...]. The British government and representative organisations only seem to have got involved now that money is at stake.
This is exactly the feeling that at least German IP professional have about the London bit, as the British capital became a candidate city rather late and only after UK legal professionals explained the economical implications involved to their Prime Minister ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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