Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Unitary patent: discussion to resume this autumn

No more Parliamentary discussion
till the leaves begin to fall ...
Micaela Modiano (Modiano & Partners) has kindly forwarded to PatLit this link to the press release relating to yesterday's meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament regarding the proposal to delete certain articles of the draft regulation on the creation of the unitary patent so as to avoid certain referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

 As Micaela observes, the outcome is that "The committee will discuss the issue with Parliament's legal service again after the summer recess, possibly in September" -- a further delay.

PatLit is of the opinion that each delay, postponement and rethink is most likely to result in more focused thinking on the problems which the proposed solutions appear to be causing.  It's just a pity that the early stages were, relatively speaking, so rushed and that they paid so little attention to the accumulated experience of a large number of practitioners.

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