12.01.18

Science Minister Sam Gyimah, Who Tactlessly Ratified UPC in the UK, Has Just Resigned

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Margot Fröhlinger for UPC

Summary: The collapse of the UPC/A (Unified Patent Court Agreement) continues as expected; Gyimah is the third British politician in just two years to deal with the UPC and then resign

THINGS could not get any worse for British Team UPC, which sees this 3rd departure in just 2 years! (after Jo Johnson and Lucy)

Unlike the European Patent Office (EPO), Team UPC is still trying to lie its way into UPC ratification. If one was to believe them, UPC would have started in 2015 or 2016; it’s almost 2019 and still no UPC. Why? Because they’re liars. They lied to politicians, hoping they would deem it an “inevitability” and sign off profoundly unconstitutional documents.

The departure of Sam Gyimah is all over the news today (this morning). The BBC has just mentioned it, as did Politico. So a bad politician who helped Team UPC is officially resigning. Good.

“The departure of Sam Gyimah is all over the news today (this morning).”Only days ago a propaganda apparatus of patent maximalists and Team UPC had some sobering words to share and just before the weekend we saw even Kevin Mooney cooling things down. “Germany will not ratify the UPC Agreement if major uncertainty about the UK’s participation remains,” it says, “according to Kevin Mooney, chairperson of the rules and procedure committee of the UPC and @SimmonsLLP partner…” (as Team UPC as one can get)

So even the most overzealous Team UPC people come to accept that UPC may have already died. From the corresponding article: “Germany will not ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement if major uncertainty about the UK’s participation remains, according to Kevin Mooney, chairperson of the rules and procedure committee of the UPC. During a speech at the Life Science IP conference in London, Mooney warned that creating the court will require a lot of capital, which each member will have to bring in themselves. He said that Germany may not want to part with money if what it believes to be a key member is not part of the court.”

“They’ll be limited by the restrictions imposed by national courts (not CJEU), which cannot be bypassed by some EPO-connected kangaroo court that doesn’t speak the language of defendants.”With Sam Gyimah’s resignation it couldn’t look any worse; after all, it was him who did a publicity stunt for “IP” [sic] Day, announcing a bizarre ratification when there was absolutely no legal basis for it.

Speaking of Team UPC, a major propagandist of it has just tweeted: “Thank you #GRUR & @JIPLP for an excellent seminar yday on the EU approach to #SEPs. @4iPcouncil Chair, Claudia Tapia, covered our work tracking cases post CJEU ruling Huawei v ZTE.”

So here we have Team UPC openly admitting and showing what it stands for: a tax on everything. Thankfully they will never see the UPC. They’ll be limited by the restrictions imposed by national courts (not CJEU), which cannot be bypassed by some EPO-connected kangaroo court that doesn’t speak the language of defendants.

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