THE PEOPLE'S PAPER

Unified Patent Court Referendum

A bill is currently passing through the Oireachtas for the holding of a referendum allowing our state to ratify an agreement allowing an EU court to rule on patent disputes.

A referendum is required as the proposal will transfer jurisdiction in patent law from Irish courts to a European court.

The EU agreement on a Unified Patent Court was originally signed in 2013, we have no explanation as to why the issue of ratification has only come up now, 11 years later?

Contrary to some claims, the agreement has nothing to do with registration of patents, there is an existing EU office that does this.

The agreement is to transfer authority to the EU, such that “the court shall apply Union law in its entirety”, over any Irish law. It will also mean that any future laws from the EU on this matter will automatically have force here.

The cost of running this, with offices in Paris and through-out the EU, will be paid by us.

Once the bill has passed through Leinster House An Coimisiún Toghcháin (Electoral Commission) will begin its work.

We are advised that, once approved, a booklet explaining the proposal will be distributed to every household in the state.

We expect the wording to be a simple Yes/No, approval or rejection, of the EU agreement signed by Richard Bruton, on our behalf, back in 2013.

The issue of national Sovereignty is at stake here, i.e. the ability to enact and enforce laws.

We urge citizens to vote NO!

We need to reclaim our Sovereignty, not give away even more of our rights.