JURI ruft nach EU-Patentgericht

Gallo-Bericht auf dem Weg zur Plenarabstimmung im Europäischen Parlament

Der Report behauptet, “wirksame Patentdurchsetzung” sei lebenswichtig und fordert ein europäischews Patentgericht auf Grundlage des vom Lissabonner Vertrag eingeführten neuen Mechanismus, wobei er frühere Sorgen des Parlaments über “demokratische Kontrolle, richterliche Unabhängigkeit und Rechtsstreitkosten” außer Acht lässt.


According to media reports, the European Parliament’s legal affairs commission (JURI), presided by Klaus-Heiner Lehne, yesterday passed the “Gallo report” in which they ask for more unified and stringent IPR enforcement, in particular a unified crackdown on p2p filesharing but also unified levies, IPRED2 revival, UPLS and more.

Regarding patents, we find in there some of the usual one-size-fits-all IPR rhetoric:

A. whereas violations of intellectual property rights (IPR), defined as any violation of any IPR, such as copyright, trade marks, designs or patents, constitute a genuine threat not only to consumer health and safety but also to our economies and societies,

some insights about a need to protect patents for the sake of protecting patents:

I. whereas, in the case of patents, their protection is crucial in order to efficiently fight patent violations; whereas the question of the unified patent system at the EU level has yet to be resolved,

and a blanko cheque for transfer of quasi-legislative power to patent experts without any parliamentary oversight:

7. Calls on the Commission to put forward appropriate legislative proposals based on Article 118 of the TFEU which will address the issue of an effective EU patent system;

which can hopefully be amended by the plenary, as happened in 2007, when a similar JURI call was made dependent on “significant improvements to the EPLA text”, which address “concerns about democratic control, judicial independence and litigation costs”.


The Gallo report still faces a plenary vote which can be expected to be held before the summer break, i.e. during the July session week.


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