The EPLAW Patent Blog has just posted a further very significant development, showing that the chorus of condemnation (discussed also here and here) about the "house ban" of an Appeal Board member continues to grow. This latest development follows last night's major news that two of Europe's leading judges have lent their support to the EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal (who have asked the EPO's Administrative Council to curb the interference by the President in their work),
|The Enlarged Board's chorus may not be as fresh-faced, but |
they have a gravitas and harmony rarely heard in IP circles
SwedenAttached to the email are facsimiles of the original letter from Sir Christopher and Robert, as well as the supporting letters from Per Carlson and Ari Wiren. At times like these, Merpel can sit back and let the real heavy-hitters from across Europe step into the ring. However, she wonders, following some comments to earlier posts, whether representatives of the large industry organisations (or indeed individual large users of the EPO) have and plans to make their views known to the AC? She does hope the momentum lasts.
Per Carlson, President of the Market Court
Katherine Klett, Swiss Federal Supreme Court
Stelios Nathaniel, Judge Supreme Court of Cyprus
Henrik Rothe, Chief Justice the Maritime & Commercial High Court
Octvia Spineanu-Matei, High Court of Cassation and Justice
Ari Wiren, Judge
Finally, this post would be massively incomplete without Merpel expressing her admiration and thanks to her colleagues over at the EPLAW Patent Blog.