|The AmeriKat pawing through|
all of her e-mails...
No news on Central Division seat, but did Luxembourg get the Appeals Court?
Following last night’s press conference where President Pawlak stated that the only issue that was left to be decided was the seat of the Central Division, EUObserver today reported that
“[u]nder the non-contentious parts of the deal, Luxembourg would get the appeals court, Slovenia and Portugal two mediation and arbitration centres and Hungary a training facility.”
|Fun Flag Fact: Often confused with|
the flag of the Netherlands, the flag
of Luxembourg is derived from the
colors of the Grand Duke's Coat of Arms .
The cities who are reported to be vying for the Central Division are London, Munich and Paris, but two Member States are arguing about the location of the Central Division. Commissioner Barnier said
“I would find it very difficult that these two large countries won’t be able to support the measure because it is so important for the single market and they are of course the first ones to defend the single market …”
|"Slow down, you're |
moving too fast.... "
No matter who they are, the effect of the two Member States’ disagreements have been instrumental in slowing down the speed of this process. Some observers hope that this delay will allow more time to fully discuss the substantive provisions -- which the AmeriKat understands have yet to be agreed at all -- before an agreement on the entire patent package is reached.
Have we forgotten about Brussels I and the Unified Patent Court?
|"Don't forget to eat your Brussels sprouts!" - |
but have we forgotten our Brussels I ?
Sitting, waiting, wishing - at a loss of what to do while EU ministers are in discussion?
For those readers who become restless in interim periods of inactivity, you may be wondering what there is to do while the EU Ministers are still in discussion. Like what the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys did today, you could write a Briefing Paper on the European Patent Proposals (click here). For those who enjoy the face-to-face interaction of speaking to their national government ministers and MEPs, a spot of old-fashion democratic engagement may be what the doctor ordered. However, given how late in the day these events have come and given their obvious political sensitivity how effective would that be?
|Has the time for Plan B come yet?|
And, finally… The AmeriKat has received some constructive criticism that the Kat has been overly critical regarding the unified patent proposals and debates. To be certain, the AmeriKat and the Kat welcome progress in establishing a single European patent system, but not at any costs or at the risk of ruining what could be a potentially beneficial and user-friendly system. And, in the words of many a Kat mom: “I nag because I care…”