The Parliamentary UPCA ratification proceedings in Germany,

Article on the course of the legislative proceedings on the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court in Germany until the intervention by the German Constitutional Court (17/07/2017)

The Parliamentary proceedings on the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (“UPCA”) in Germany have revealed a state of political affairs which should cause concern to each citizen. It shows the extensively used practice of so-called “second class adoptions” in which legislative decisions are made by a materially inquorate Parliament, because nobody raises the objection necessary for the annulment of the session. It was in this manner that the legislative acts on the UPCA were unanimously adopted by 35 cheerful Members of Parliament (“MPs”) in the second and third reading in the early morning hours on 10/03/2017. Five further unanimous decisions add to this picture. After the vote, all groups represented in the German Parliament denied providing the names of the participating MPs, three of four contacted MPs also rejected talking about the matter. A report on German law-making in the year 2017, in which the institutions involved could not care less about the German Constitution.

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Resources:

  • Link to the press statement Bundesregierung beschließt Umsetzung der Reform des europäischen Patentsystems (“German Federal Government adopts the implementation of the European patent system”) of 25/05/2016 (German)
  • Link to Federal Council printed matter (“BR-Drucksache”) 280/16 of 27/05/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 282/16 of 27/05/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament printed matter (“BT-Drucksache”) 18/8826 of 20/06/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 18/8827 of 20/06/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament plenary protocol 18/179 of 23/06/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament plenary protocol 18/190 of 22/09/2016 (German, PDF)
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  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 282/16 (decision) of 08/07/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Federal Council plenary protocol 947 of 08/07/2016 (German, PDF)
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  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 751/16 of 09/12/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Letter from the Federal Council’s Legal Affairs Committee of 22/12/2016 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 751/16 (decision) of 10/02/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Federal Council plenary protocol 953 of 10/02/2017 (German, PDF)
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  • Link Parliament plenary protocol 18/218 of 16/02/2017 (German, PDF)
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  • Link to Parliament draft time schedule of 17/02/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament draft time schedule of 03/03/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament draft time schedule of 07/03/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to Parliament draft time schedule of 09/03/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to the TV recording of Parliament’s session on the European patent reform on 10/03/2017 (German)
  • Link Parliament plenary protocol 18/221 of 09/03/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Link to the article Böhme, Im Bundestag werden Gesetze mit Beschlüssen zweiter Klasse „durchgewinkt“ (“In the German Parliament, legislation is ‘waived through’ with second class adoptions”) , BzAR 2015, 167 ff. (German, PDF)
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  • Letter to the CDU/CSU Parliamentary group of 04/05/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Letter from the CDU/CSU Parliamentary group of 15/05/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Letter from Parliamentary group Die Linke of 28/04/2017 (German, PDF)
  • Letter to Parliamentary group Die Linke of 02/05/2017 (German, PDF)
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  • Link to Federal Council printed matter 203/17 (decision) of 31/03/2017 (German, PDF)
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