Autoren des Max-Planck-Instituts für Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht haben ein knackiges Papier gegen die aktuellen Pläne zur Patentreform der EU geschrieben: “The Unitary Patent Package: Twelve Reasons for Concern”, erschienen als Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Paper No. 12-12.
A balanced, innovation-friendly and uniform patent system is indispensable for Europe. However, the latest EU proposal for a patent package (Patent Regulation and flanking court system) is both dangerous and misguided. While a superficial glance may create the false impression of a patent law advancement through the proposal, it instead actually threatens to forestall the necessary legal progress and innovation capacities for the foreseeable future. It might prove disastrous to implement a patent system which is already known to be detrimental from both the legal as well as the innovation perspectives. This paper provides a short introduction to the major reasons for concern regarding the current proposals and explains why it is imperative to reconsider the proposals entirely afresh.