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Even Joff Wild and the Patent Trolls’ Lobby Finally Admit Unitary Patent (UPC) is Dead

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Joff Wild, Editor-in-chief of IAM, unable to deny it anymore

Mathieu Klos‏

Summary: Those who tried really hard to make the Unified Patent Court (UPC) become a reality finally admit that it’s not going to happen (Mathieu Klos, shown above, predicted a decision in Germany may come no sooner than 2020)

THE SIGN that UPC is dead? Even its biggest proponents, who were paid to promote it and manufacture false predictions, throw in the towel…

UPC proponent Alexander Esslinger wrote on Twitter about this article of IAM, to which I replied humorously with “Joff Wild: I lied to you all those years. The EPO paid me to lie to you, saying UPC was just around the corner.”

IAM’s prediction was summarised in Twitter as follows: “Litigation predictions for 2019 from IAM’s editorial team: * The beginnings of an auto patent war * An uptick in patent suits in the US on the back of economic uncertainty * The death of the UPC in its current form * German v UK courts for SEP/FRAND cases”

The relevant part from the said article:

That said, patents will be the least affected by all this. In 2019 the UPC in its current form will finally die a death long foretold – killed by Brexit and the German Constitutional Court’s failure to deal with a challenge to the legality of the country’s ratification of the system in a timely manner. Instead, courts in the UK and Germany will get involved in some – from a patent owner’s perspective – very healthy competition to attract big ticket litigation, especially around SEPs and FRAND.

The European Patent Office (EPO) quit talking about the UPC a long time ago, perhaps having already reached the conclusion that it’s a lost cause. Since around the same time Team UPC blogs have been dormant or barely active. They too know that the UPC is likely dead. Their fabricated rumours about decision by year’s end is now officially false.

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