On July 10, 2010, I had reported on the planned Organisation of work on the patent reform under the Polish Presidency. Now, as we still are within the summer recess period where nothing appears to move forward there might be a little stretch of time to contemplate as to how things might move on during next fall.
There is a recent precedent of successful adoption of enhanced co-operation in the EU: As we can learn from Wikipedia, with the rise in cross border divorce in the EU, common rules were put forward to settle the issue of where trans-national couples can divorce in the EU. However Sweden was blocking the new rules, fearing the loss of its liberal divorce law (divorce law differs strongly, with Nordic liberalism being in contrast to more conservative countries such as Malta which – until recently – did not even allow it). In order to allow those willing states to proceed without Sweden, in July 2008 nine countries put forward a proposal to use enhanced co-operation. At a meeting of the justice ministers on July 25, 2008, the nine states decided to formally seek the measure of enhanced cooperation; eight states formally requested it from the European Commission on 28 July 2008.
When analysing this narrative on the EU Council document repository, we get that there was a Council Document 9898/2/10 REV 2 titled Proposal for a Council Decision authorising enhanced cooperation in the area of the law applicable to divorce and legal separation – Adoption dated June 04, 2010. The corresponding Council Document concerning the European patent with unitary effect appears to be No 5538/11 dated February 11, 2011 titled Council Decision authorising the creation of unitary patent protection.
On December 13, 2010, Document 17523/10 was published titled Council Regulation implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the law applicable to divorce and legal separation. This Implementation Regulation was again amended and finally adopted by the Council.
Obviously there seems to be a two-step approach:
- In a first step, the basic question as to whether or not utilisation of the enhanced co-operation model is politically endorsed by a sufficient EU Council majority at all must be decided (Council Decision authorising the enhanced co-operation).
- In a second step, the details of the enhanced co-operation must be decided (Regulation of the Council [and the European Parliament, if applicable] implementing the enhanced co-operation).
In the field of EU patent law we do not yet have reached the point where the second step can be finalised. Available is Document 11328/11 titled Proposal for a Regulation of the Council and the European Parliament implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection Proposal for a Council Regulation implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements – General Approach dated June 23, 2011. The General Approach still needs to be refined in order to reach a compromise which can be voted on in the EU Council.
Meanwhile, work on this Draft Implementation Regulation has been handed over to the somewhat ominous Friends of the Presidency Group; see my earlier posting here. Document CM 3913/11 tells us that the Friends of the Presidency Group (Patents) met on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 10h00, discussing
- Accessibility, functionality and effectiveness of Patent Litigation System – business perspective; and
- Continuation of the exchange of views on the new elements of the draft agreement on a Unified Patent Court and draft Statute introduced following Opinion 1/09 of the CJEU (Document 11533/11)
The deliberations were not open to the public; the results apparently are not known so far.
Nevertheless, what I expect to see is an advanced Draft of the Implementation Regulation in the Council maybe even as early as later this year.
As far as I understand the rules of the game, consent of the European Parliament to the Implementing Regulation is required before final adoption.
I do not have any clue as to how exactly the procedural effect of two lawsuits filed by Italy and Spain with the Court of Justice of the European Union will be:
- Document 12500/11 dated July 05, 2011, titled Case before the Court of Justice of the European Union – Case C-274/11 (Kingdom of Spain against Council of the European Union) – Enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection; now visible on the Curia website; and
- Document 12502/11 dated July 05, 2011, titled Case before the Court of Justice of the European Union – Case C-295/11 (Italy against Council of the European Union) – Enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection; now visible on the Curia Website.
I have any idea neither as to when the Court of Justice of the European Union will take a decision on both cases nor as to whether or not final adoption of the enhanced co-operation is to be delayed until then.
Axel H. Horns
German & European Patent, Trade Mark & Design Attorney
The k/s/n/h::law blog
Some of the patent attorneys of the KSNH law firm have joined their efforts to research what is going on in the various branches of IP law and practice in order to keep themselves, their clients as well as interested circles of the public up to date. This blog is intended to present results of such efforts to a wider public.
- June 2013 (2)
- March 2013 (5)
- February 2013 (4)
- January 2013 (5)
- December 2012 (5)
- November 2012 (5)
- July 2012 (5)
- June 2012 (8)
- May 2012 (5)
- April 2012 (3)
- March 2012 (4)
- February 2012 (5)
- January 2012 (6)
- December 2011 (12)
- November 2011 (9)
- October 2011 (9)
- September 2011 (4)
- August 2011 (7)
- July 2011 (4)
- June 2011 (1)
- business methods (4)
- EPC (4)
- EPO (8)
- EU law (86)
- European Patent Law (34)
- German Patent ACt (PatG) (1)
- German patent law (5)
- Germany (4)
- Pirate Party (3)
- International Patent Law (3)
- PCT (1)
- IP politics (10)
- licenses (2)
- Litigation (5)
- Patentability (6)
- Patents (12)
- Piratenpartei (2)
- Software inventions (8)
- Uncategorized (9)
- Unitary Patent (21)
- US Patent Law (2)
- RC on Unitary Patent Court: Are lawyers different from lawyers?
- Unitary Patent Court: Are lawyers different fro... on Unitary Patent Court: Are lawyers different from lawyers?
- Aspects of the UPC (2): Sunrise Period and Opt-... on Aspects of the UPC (2): Sunrise Period and Opt-out Fee
- Gibus on Unitary Patent Court: Are lawyers different from lawyers?
- Aspects of the UPC (1): Transitional Scheme and Opt-Out | ksnh::law | European Unitary Patent News | Scoop.it on Aspects of the UPC (1): Transitional Scheme and Opt-Out
- No public Twitter messages.
- Moderne Zeiten oder: DPMA und Patentgericht streiten über die elektronische Akte April 25, 2013Bekanntlich hat das Deutsche Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA) im Jahre 2013 mit der rein technischen Fertigstellung der Einrichtungen zur elektronischen Akteneinsicht einen wichtigen Meilenstein seines Überganges von der Papierakte zur “elektronischen Akte” erreicht. Im DPMA werden aber bereits seit dem 01. Juni 2011 Patente, Gebrauchsmuster, Topografien und erg […]
- Gutachten zu Forschung, Innovation und technologischer Leistungsfähigkeit Deutschlands 2013 March 11, 2013Unter dem Datum vom 28. Februar 2013 ist die Bundestags-Drucksache 17/12611 veröffentlicht worden Sie trägt den Titel Unterrichtung durch die Bundesregierung - Gutachten zu Forschung, Innovation und technologischer Leistungsfähigkeit Deutschlands 2013. Die Bundesregierung legt dem Deutschen Bundestag seit dem Jahr 2008 […]
- 3D-Printing: Zum Filesharing von 3D-Modelldaten February 25, 2013In meiner kleinen zuvor angekündigten Reihe über rechtliche Aspekte des 3D Printing komme ich heute auf die Frage zu sprechen, ob die Hersteller von Gerätschaften es hinnehmen müssen, wenn Ersatztreile davon – vom Brillengestell über Smartphone-Gehäuseteile bis hin zu Rastenmähermotor-Abdeckungen – gescannt und die daraus […]
- Die Änderungen im US Patentrecht durch den ‘America Invents Act’, Teil 3 February 7, 2013In unserer dreiteiligen Artikelserie zum ‘America Invents Act’ (AIA) haben wir bisher in Teil 1 die Änderungen zum 16. September 2011 und in Teil 2 die Änderungen zum 16. September 2012 beleuchtet. Das letzte Paket der Ändeungen im US Patentrecht tritt zum 16. März 2013 in Kraft und ist Gegenstand des vorliegenden dritten Teils […]
- 3D Printing: Das nächste große Ding? January 31, 2013In einem kürzlich von Yvonne Ortmann geführten und auf t3n.de veröffentlichen Interview äußert Sascha Pallenberg: Welche Web- und Startup Trends zeichnen sich aus deiner Sicht gerade ab? Hardware, Maker, […]
- Moderne Zeiten oder: DPMA und Patentgericht streiten über die elektronische Akte April 25, 2013