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The Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC is a Dead End, But Team UPC Tries to Ram it Down Europeans’ Throats

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

In the face of Brexit, despite the obvious barriers it creates, Team UPC (a conspiracy of patent lawyers looking to gain from the UPC and standing to profit at Europe’s expense) stubbornly lobbies the UK’s government

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Summary: The European public, and even those beyond or outside the EU, are subjected to deep-throating tactics by the patent microcosm (military–industrial complex equivalent), which is force-feeding everyone a system which serves nobody other than large (usually foreign) corporations, patent trolls, and of course their lawyers

THE EPO has not mentioned the UPC for weeks. The European media has not mentioned it for quite a while, either. Why? Because it’s dying. They know it; they almost gave up.

Patent lawyers and their convenient little 'cartel', on the other hand, pressure the British government and hope to shame it into ratifying the UPC without discussion, without public consent and without even assessing the post-Brexit situation. This morning MIP published a UPC “progress [sic] report” and said in its summary: “Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC signed; IP community puts pressure on the UK government; Preparatory Committee and Select Committee to continue with final preparations” (preparation for nothing, just pretense and self-fulfilling prophecy attempts).

“There are sadly not enough (little or none) sites that explain to the public what the UPC would mean to producing actors (like European SMEs), except few conglomerates that lobby for the UPC and sneakily hijack the voices of Europeans.”These people’s disdain for democracy is utterly contemptible. From start to finish the UPC has been an attempt to steal democracy and ram down people’s throats an undesirable system. There’s even ‘roadkill’ inside the EPO (like those resisting Battistelli’s EPO plot) and we are surprised that not more people speak out against the UPC (perhaps because they don’t understand it well enough, if at all). MIP says: “The Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC is an important legal instrument which safeguards the function of the UPC in the participating member states. The Protocol has now been signed by 13 member states excluding the UK, whose acceptance is required before it can enter into force.”

Last month we wrote about the role played by Battistelli’s ally Lucy Neville-Rolfe and it would be a shameful disgrace if she was allowed to interfere in the process (it is not unthinkable). In a new edition of IAM’s ‘magazine’ there is this article titled “Brexit leaves the UPC in limbo – and that’s no bad thing” (behind paywall). The editor has already stated, repeatedly, that it can take years (it not forever) for UPC to happen. He said this after he had spent years pushing for the UPC. Another article about this alluded to the piece behind the paywall, in which it’s summarised as follows: “The United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union is likely to have a significant impact on IP management strategies in Europe – some of which are explored in the Insight section – but what it won’t do is curb the growing enthusiasm that European patent owners are showing for the monetisation of their rights. Anders Arvidsson, Keith Woomer and Lucia Alvarado take a look at the current state of play in various European industries and predict how things may develop over the coming years. For anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of what is a highly complex market, this is essential reading.”

As one might expect, coming from a highly biased site that is funded in part by patent trolls and in this case composed by professional patent boosters, the analysis is more optimistic than elsewhere. There are sadly not enough (little or none) sites that explain to the public what the UPC would mean to producing actors (like European SMEs), except few conglomerates that lobby for the UPC and sneakily hijack the voices of Europeans.

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