As recently reported on ksnh::law under the headline "Munich Dropped Out?", a press report of French journalist Sophie Mosca on Europolitics.info assumes that Munich has lost the race for the seat of the Central Division of the Unified Patent Court, as the EU Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER), which is responsible to prepare the decisive EU Summit (European Council) beginning tomorrow in Brussels, may suggest to award Paris with the seat of the Central Division and give some supportive functions such as the court registry to London:
[...] Munich seems to be out of the running, Paris appears to be the favourite and London could win a few laurels.
As reasons for this ranking the article refers to the fear that a Munich-based court could prefer bification over invalidity counter claims and the fact that Munich already hosts the European Patent Office as the future examination authority of the Unitary Patent. Paris was first suggested by the Polish EU Presidency in December 2011 as a middle road between the liberal German and the strict English approach towards patent infringement and injuctions. Also, two main players in this game, EPO president Benoît Battistelli and EU Competitiveness Commissioner Michel Barnier are French. As Paris appears to be supported by the President of the EU Council Herman Van Romuy, the FT.com assumes that "the smart money appears to be on Paris at the moment". In our today's posting "On the Eve of the EU Summit" we report on a compromise plan of Herman Van Rompuy - allegedly in agreement with the 'most concerend' EU member states (i.e. the UK, France, Germany) -, as provided via EuropeanVoice:
Earlier this month, Denmark, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers, asked Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, to broker a compromise ...Zum vollständigen Artikel