June 25, 2012

EU to waive its powers to define a patent policy

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Update: Thanks to everyone who has called MEPs. The amendments have been tabled by the Greens. See the Voting recommendations.

Next week the European Parliament will discuss and vote on ACTA. It will also discuss and vote on a regulation on the unitary patent.

The unitary-patent.eu site notes:

“The European Parliament will vote on July 4th 2012 for a regulation on the unitary patent.

The current text, as agreed in December 2011 by the Commission, the Council and the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament, amounts for the European Union (EU) to waive its powers to define a patent policy for the benefit of the European Patent Office (EPO), which is not an EU body and whose governance has been highly criticised, specially with regard to its practice of granting software patents, against the letter and the spirit of European patent law.

Moreover, the implementation of this shift of powers is based on a legal architecture which raises strong doubts about its compliance with the EU treaties. Therefore, the proposal, if voted without substantial changes is likely to be nullified by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

We are proposing a set of amendments aiming to bring a legal certainty to the regulation and to fix the political issue of the governance of the European patent system.

You can help by calling Members of the European Parliaments (MEPs) in order for them to table these amendments before Wednesday June 27th, 12:00.”

Secret negotiations on ACTA, an ACTA committee without transparency, and no oversight on the granting of patents? This has to stop.

Get two for the price of one (free anyway), do call your MEP on both the unitary patent regulation amendments and ACTA, using LQDN’s PiPhone. See also EDRi.