|The AmeriKat, with her head in her paws, |
braces for the beginning of the end
"We are all aware of the criticism voiced by interested parties about the final text. However, we should not let the perfect become the enemy of the good. I can assure you the text has gone through legal scrutiny and will ensure the uniform application with out undermining the rule of the Court of Justice."He continued stating that the time had come for the politicians to agree and then pass the package over to the practitioners to implement and use the system ["Can't hardly wait", growls Merpel].
The floor was then taken by Commissioner Barnier who after thanking everyone and all the presidencies who worked on the dosssier ["Yes, you all have done just a tip-top job…", hisses Merpel], stated that the decision was
Commissioner Barnier then expounded on the four major advantages of the system. The first, being "a new tool in the toolbox for innovative companies in Europe to strengthen innovative strategy and capacity". The second, being a one-stop-shop at an affordable price ["Again, where are they getting these figures from?", asks the AmeriKat]. The third, being more legal certainty and, the AmeriKat swears this is what the translation said, "the cost of defence being much less and much reduced". The fourth major advantage was slightly confusing but related to the dissemination of information in all languages and the availability of machine translation available in all languages of the EU, with compensation schemes for SMEs.
The Presidency, opening the floor to the debate, warned the Council members that "today was not the time or place to re-discuss the patent text". Sweden was the first to take the floor. Congratulating the Cypriot Presidency, the Swedish delegation endorsed the agreement on the entire package stating that Sweden is "convinced [that the package] will be a substantial improvement on the current fragmented system".
| Is the unitary patent package's |
next stop German constitutional
France "welcomed the historical decision" stating that the new system would be advantageous for companies and would reduce the cost of patents and simplify the administrative procedure". Greece called today "an important milestone" which would "allow [the EU] to support innovation in the EU and boost competitiveness of industry." Following further positive statements from the Danish and Slovenian representatives the Polish representative stroke the first and only note of discord stating that:
The Portuguese contingent expressed its sentiments that today was " a very good day for innovation in Europe" and, in closing, the Czech Republic stated that "the adoption of the patent package is a milestone for innovation and competitiveness in Europe."
So where was the UK representative? Good question….
|White fairy cake never tasted so bitter|
Although expected, the AmeriKat could nevertheless feel her cheeks burning that members of the Competitiveness Council could so easily and willingly endorse a package that has the potential of making the patent system more complicated and expensive for its users while potentially chilling innovation as a result.
Attention now turns to tomorrow's European Parliament session (see AmeriKat post here). Although, rumor has it that there is another Parliamentary vote this afternoon as to whether to postpone tomorrow's vote, the AmeriKat cannot find any evidence in the agenda to support this, so would be grateful if readers have any intel that they can share.