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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday July 25 2020, @05:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the UPC-seal-of-approval dept.

brexit means brexit

UK formally abandons Europe's Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless:

The UK has formally ditched the Unified Patent Court (UPC), a project to create a single pan-European patent system that would fix the confusing mess of contradictory laws currently in place.

In a written statement in the House of Commons on Monday, the British undersecretary for science, research and innovation Amanda Solloway noted that: "Today, by means of a Note Verbale, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has withdrawn its ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court."

The reason is, of course Brexit. "In view of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom no longer wishes to be a party to the Unified Patent Court system. Participating in a court that applies EU law and is bound by the CJEU would be inconsistent with the Government's aims of becoming an independent self-governing nation," she said.

[...] The whole idea of the UPC has been fought for over a decade now, making many its adherents borderline fanatical in making it a reality, even more so given frequent setbacks. In their unerring support, however, many seem willing to overlook or turn a blind eye to serious problems, not least of which is the mess that is the European Patent Office (EPO).

[...] The EPO is, of course, a big fan of the UPC and insists the UK leaving is a mere trifle to the larger European dream of a single patent system; a system that would give it significantly more power:

"These economic benefits for European companies and especially SMEs will not be affected by the announcement of the United Kingdom," it insisted in its submission to the German government.

"Even without the UK, the UP package will lead to significant simplification and cost reduction for the companies of the participating EU member states, which is also largely recognized by European companies."


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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 25 2020, @09:16PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 25 2020, @09:16PM (#1026281)

    Some former members of the USSR are now in the EU. Would you like to ask them to compare?

    No need - someone already has [independent.co.uk].

    But keep on asking that DUMB ass question for another 4 years - maybe you'll finally read the answer.

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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by looorg on Saturday July 25 2020, @09:32PM

    by looorg (578) on Saturday July 25 2020, @09:32PM (#1026294)

    I have already asked some of them since I worked with several people that left USSR. They liked it when they came here but are now seeing how the EU is changing and not for the better. I guess people can draw different conclusions about situations sometimes.