Tech Giants Warn EU-Wide Patent Court Could Boost Patent Trolls
A number of tech giants have sent an open letter to European regulators warning that plans for a single Europe-wide court for patent appeals could be targetted for abuse by patent trolls.
Although a single system for resolving patent disputes across Europe has been generally welcomed, the small print in the proposals have raised concerns.
In the letter, the companies acknowledge that an " effective and balanced unitary patent system has the potential to decrease the costs of obtaining patent protection, increase European competitiveness, and support the long-term growth of innovative industries in Europe and abroad."
However, they now fear that the new system could also be vulnerable to patent trolls who buy up patents and sit on them waiting to sue companies for infringements.
The main worry is that there is some degree of uncertainty in legal jurisdictions, which could lead to conflicting rulings, and Europe-wide import bans or injunctions.
Switching from a per-country system to one where a patent troll could get a swift judgment and ban across the entire of Europe has alarmed companies.
Signatories to the letter:
- Bull SAS
- Cisco Systems
- Deutsche Post DHL
- Deutsche Telekom
- European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA)
- Samsung Electronics
- Syndicat de l'Industrie des Technologies de l'Information (SFIB)
- Telecom Italia