This Kat will be a JudgeKat and bids farewell

Last June, the Swiss parliament elected this Kat as president of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. Not sure they were aware that he is a Kat, but in any case, I will be taking up my office on 1 January 2018 and cease all blogging.

It just does not seem appropriate for a judge to criticize other judges' decisions, and uncritical blogging is boring. Additionally, I have always tried to be as brief as possible in my blogging, to the detriment of more complex issues. This may lead to the impression that this judge is incapable of more thorough analysis, although it is really due to the medium.

Ever since Jeremy first asked me to be a guest blogger back in 2009, I greatly enjoyed contributing to the IPKat. The reach of IPKat is staggering, and the  breadth and depth of its contributors astonishing. IPKat is a leading voice in the discussion of European IP issues, and I am proud to have been a little part of it. Given the number of pressing issues in European IP policy (the proposal of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market; UPC or no UPC... to name just two) I have no doubt that the discussion will be vigorous in the future, too (of course everybody will abide by the IPKat Comment Policy). While not actively contributing to the blog anymore, I will keep reading it, like many other European judges do.

For the time being, I wish all our readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Should anyone feel the urge to contact me, you can find me here: Mark Schweizer
This Kat will be a JudgeKat and bids farewell This Kat will be a JudgeKat and bids farewell Reviewed by Mark Schweizer on Friday, December 29, 2017 Rating: 5


  1. Congratulations- we have been honoured

  2. "...and uncritical blogging is boring."

    So not stuffy - love it!


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