The speaker who delivered this stunning dissection of the present proposals was Lord Justice Kitchin, a man who has earned an admirable reputation for fair-mindedeness, clear thinking and sound judgment, not for the grinding of legal and political axes. It was this that made his words so powerful, their impact so striking.
After reviewing Charles Dickens' scathing descriptions of 19th century patent administration (The Circumlocution Office in Little Dorrit) and resource-exhausting litigation (Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Bleak House), Sir David described the objective which we all seek to achieve: effective and affordable access to justice in patent-related disputes not just in England and Wales (where the Patents County Court was given the judicial equivalent of a katpat) but throughout Europe. There is no monopoly in this objective, which is shared by the European Union's policy makers as well as by interested parties -- litigants, their backers and shareholders, lawyers, patent attorneys, judges. The big problem is as to how this objective is to be achieved.
Since this Kat understands that Sir David's speech is to be published (though he's not sure where), he will not seek to replicate it in miniature here. He does however recommend that it be compulsory reading for anyone who has ever wondered why so many sensible, knowledgeable and experienced people have raised so many alarums over the helter-skelter descent from dignity to disaster, from laudable to laughable and from feasible to farcical.
Taking the perfectly plausible case of a small British company trading mainly in its domestic market but selling a few items abroad, Sir David outlined the sort of problems it might face if a patent infringement action were commenced in another country in which the patent owner sought a pan-European injunction. Observing how, if the validity of that patent were to be challenged and the outcome of any litigation appealed, that small company might find itself engaged in litigation spread between three foreign countries in circumstances in which it would be cheaper, easier and safer to go out of business than to contest the initial infringement claim [Merpel adds, this is emphatically not a purely British problem -- much the same sort of issues can arise wherever in the EU the SME defendant is located]. The position of such a company would again be remarkably comparable to that of Dickens' SME-inventor Daniel Doyce a century and a half ago.
When he has further news of when, where and how Sir David's talk is being promulgated, he will be sure to let you know.