Because the USPO is so great
Anything that makes it easier to file a patent will just mean more available effort for the lawyers to patent troll and sue one another. At least the current way it's the translators who are bringing home the dosh.
A new patent agreement covering 25 of the EU's 27 countries was given the green light by EU member states yesterday. The European Commission will now draw up a specific proposal for the scheme. EU bodies have tried for many years to create a single patent system for Europe whose costs are lower than at present. The current …
I challenge the EU to identify any non-UK resident who has the ability, knowledge and intelligence to come up with a patentable idea and complete the patent application process who does not also have the ability to do so in perfectly acceptable English.
(I would not risk making the same challenge regarding a UK resident doing the same in any other European language. Including English.)
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if you have the time/money & expertise to draft and, more importantly, enforce them.
If, and it is a very big if!, this change will make it less expensive and more straightforward for individuals and companies to do so then it will be an improvement all ways round.
My fear is that all the change will do is make it more expensive and time consuming for SME's to develop and protect innovative and patentable ideas and concepts while allowing large enterprises yet further tools to hang the SME's with. In doing so it will put yet more money in the hands of already rich lawyers and IP professionals and civil servants without any beneficial change in IP protection.
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