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A new court framework that would rule on validity and infringement cases stemming from proposed new unitary patents in the EU would be "prohibitively expensive" for small UK businesses to use, a committee of MPs has said. In a report analysing plans for the development of a new unified patent court (UPC), the House of Commons' …

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Bad for small biz??

Not the legal ones - need a small army of the parasites just to work out if I can read a 40 year old computer manual let alone do anything other than stop a table wobbling with it.

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Big Brother

EU legislation benefits corporates at expense of consumer and small biz?

That's never happened before.

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Good News for the Lawyers

Aren't there a large number of MP's who are Lawyers?

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good news for the lawyers??

How's that then? Rather than lawyers repeating arguments in several countries, litigation is performed only once ... surely a loss of work for the lawyers?

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The problem is that patent litigation is far too cheap

A plaintive should face a minimum entry fee of €100,000,000,000 per claim. There should also be a similar fine for the judge if he rules that a claim is valid.

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Translation costs

Am I being dumb or is the only reason to site the court in the UK (why it needs to be London again doesn't seem to be explained......), that UK SME's will face translation cost issues, although surely the same applies to German SME's or French or whatever if it's in a country with a different language.

The argument that most patents are also likely to be submitted in the USA and therefore will need the english translation in any case might hold a little more water.

How smart are MP's......

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Re: Translation costs

Personnaly more worried that the German copyright and patent courts are mental and best isolated and dropped into the sea, a lot like the USA

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Re: Translation costs

No. It makes sense to site in UK, because most EPO patents are in English, and the actual words are important. And English is the language, not only of international business, but of European businesses that operate in more than one country.

But none of that is the real reason for having the Court in UK. That is because the new system tries infringement separately from validity. Infringement is decided quickly - validity (in Continental courts) may take years - maybe five years or more. So you can be put out of business by an injunction that - years later - proves to have been wrongly granted.

Best would be to try validity and infringement together. But the Germans won't have that. If so, the only answer is to have the Court in London - where a decision on validity can be obtained in less than a year. This is the only hope for a fair and workable system.

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