|The AmeriKat a bit in the dark|
about what exactly is going on in
IPKat friend James Nurton of Managing IP left a comment on the last update (here). James says, as previously reported, that they understand that the discussions on the unified patent court are not being televised because it is an international agreement. He also reports that Managing IP understands that the reason why the two legislative policy debates were removed from the agenda is because they were agreed between the Coreper (the head or deputy heads of mission from the EU Member States) and Parliament on Friday. Read more from James and Managing IP here.
Today, the Kat received in its inbox a document dated 1/2 December 2011 which has not yet been made available (LINK FIXED: click here for the document). It purports to be (but the Amerikat has looked at so many of these documents over the past week) the compromised agreement between the Council and Commission on the "Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection". The AmeriKat will let readers assess the contents of the compromise for themselves for the time being, but she notes that the problems remain the same and there appears to be a couple of new drafting/translation issues.
Reports from EUObserver also suggest that the seat(s) of the Unified Patent Court - reported to be between London, Munich and Paris - are set to be debated into the night.
UPDATE: The Council has just published their press release summing-up today's Competitiveness Council meeting. As expected, there is nothing about the patent court (top right hand corner of first page), and a small reference to the proposal on the unitary patent system being submitted before the end of 2011 (on page 21). Nothing off too much note, notes the AmeriKat. Professor Steve Peers of the University of Essex just commented on the Press Release saying:
"You will notice it includes today's issues 'except the debate on patent court', which is presumably still ongoing. (I think the Amerikat may need to switch her body clock back to Eastern Standard Time if she is going to stay up waiting for the conclusion of this debate).
The two patent legislative measures are not mentioned at all. So indeed there was no secret debate to hide (unless it was also deliberately not mentioned in the press release)."