|One e-mail about the EP's vote read,|
12 more to go....
|Will there be fireworks in Brussels on|
the Fourth of July?
|Paris's Metro map: On tube map simplicity|
alone, London should be awarded the Central Division
"We are aware of serious concerns in Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany and other member states. The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union has objected to the proposals. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise has written to the Swedish prime minister that “serious deficiencies in the proposals must be remedied in order for the reform to achieve the intended effect.”Confederation of Swedish Enterprise - wrote this letter to Sweden's Prime Minister. In the letter, the Confederation stated that:
"The Confederation, similarly to other interested parties, has for a long time been actively engaged in promoting a European patent reform which will rectify the deficiencies in the current disparate systems at national level, increase efficiency and foreseeability, and reduce costs. Unfortunately, the proposed structure of the reform gives no cause to believe that this will be the result. On crucial points, the proposals have been severely criticised by interested parties both in Sweden and abroad. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, for its part, has voiced criticism in two consultation statements in 2011 and in four letters to Minister of Trade Björling in 2011 and 2012.
The structure is not justified on objective grounds; rather, it is a consequence of concessions to domestic political interests and can be expected to have detrimental effects as regards both the unitary patent protection and the common court. Unitary patent protection will thereby entail increased risks and reduced efficiency, and lack of uniformity will continue to be a problem in the court. If users revert to applying for national patents due to lack of faith in the system, this will be a major step backwards."The AmeriKat also heard rumors that the German patent profession and/or industry was about to make an intervention at top levels of government regarding their objections to the substantive proposals.
|The German Constitutional Court: |
Who said you can't wear red satin to work?
|If you are in London and looking for|
a good lychee martini, Cafe Boheme
is the place to go...
"We decide on something, then put it on the table and wait a while to see what happens. If there is then no yelling and no opposition, because most people do not know what has been decided, we continue - step by step until there is no return."The legislative process is as seemingly obtuse and chaotic today as it was in 1999. Indeed, despite the upcoming vote in two weeks time, the AmeriKat has been unable to trace the most up to date versions of the Draft Agreement and Proposed Regulation (readers - can you help?).
So will the Fourth of July see the AmeriKat celebrating the anniversary of her country's independence from European (i.e., UK) legislative powers or will it see her downing her sorrows with lychee martinis as the stranglehold of European power politics on the predictability, certainty and cost of patent protection in Europe takes hold?