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English term or phrase:declaratory actions
Chinese translation:确认之诉
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10:29 Feb 17, 2009
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Law/Patents - Law (general)
English term or phrase: declaratory actions
原文为: "In new EU countries, where declaratory actions are allowed, cross-border proceedings could block or seriously delay infringement actions in other EU national courts."

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3 +2确认之诉
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I think the full expression should be "declaratory judgment actions".

A declaratory judgment is a judgment of a court in a civil case which declares the rights, duties, or obligations of each party in a dispute.

A declaratory judgment or ruling is binding as to the duties, rights, obligations and status of the parties. However, a declaratory judgment does not order any action or result in any award of damages to any party to the case.

A declaratory judgment is typically requested when a party is threatened with lawsuit and the threatened lawsuit is not yet filed; or when it is thought by one of two (or more) parties that their rights under law and/or contract might conflict; or as part of a counterclaim to prevent further, similar lawsuits from the same plaintiff (for example, when only a contract claim is filed, but a copyright claim might also be applicable).



Declaratory judgment actions in patent litigationDeclaratory judgments are common in patent litigation - as well as in other areas of intellectual property litigation - because declaratory judgments allow an alleged infringer to "clear the air" with regard to a product or service which may be the focal point of a business. Take for example a typical claim of patent infringement. When a patent owner becomes aware of an infringer, the owner can simply wait until he pleases to bring a suit for infringement (subject to the six year statute of limitations). Meanwhile, the monetary damages continuously accrue - with no effort expended by the patent owner, apart from marking the patent number on products the patent owner sold or licensed. On the other hand, the alleged infringer could do nothing to rectify the situation if no declaratory judgment existed. The alleged infringer would be forced to continue to operate his business with the cloud of a lawsuit over his head. Fortunately, the declaratory judgment procedure allows the alleged infringer to proactively bring suit to resolve the situation and eliminate the cloud of uncertainty looming overhead.

Common claims for declaratory judgment in patent cases are non-infringement and patent invalidity. In order to bring a claim for declaratory judgment, the claimant must (1) have a basis in federal subject matter jurisdiction in the claim and (2) establish that an actual controversy exists. In patent infringement cases, as opposed to disagreements about a patent license, it is clear that federal subject matter exists, because patent infringement cases are exclusively determined by the federal court system. If there is a substantial controversy of sufficient immediacy and reality, the court will generally proceed with the declaratory judgment action, although it has some discretion to decline jurisdiction, such as where the claimant filed suit while engaged in negotiations with the patent owner. The case of EMC Corp. v. Norand Corp. 89 F.3d 807 (Fed Cir. 1996) provides some examples where jurisdiction was declined. Usually the claimant is actually making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing or is prepared to actually make, use or sell, offer to sell or import an allegedly infringing device or method, and usually the patent owner has claimed that such activities by claimant will result in patent infringement. An express threat of litigation is not needed, nor is it a guarantee that jurisdiction will be granted. Some factors courts have considered in this analysis are whether a patent owner has asserted its rights against an alleged infringer in a royalty dispute, whether the owner has sued a customer of an alleged infringer, or whether an owner has made statements regarding its patents in trade magazines.

这也说明为何"In new EU countries...cross-border proceedings could block or seriously delay infringement actions in other EU national courts." 因为即使这些新欧洲成员国的司法制度和体系允许以声明行为来确定侵权诉讼中的原告和被告,在跨国界的情况之下仅仅要确定jurisdiction已是十分困难了,更不要说诉讼和裁决时所依赖的法律基础和体系可能属于对原告不利的一国。

Note added at 15 hrs (2009-02-18 02:00:51 GMT)


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Asker: 谢谢您的例句和解释! 元照字典上的翻译是"确权诉讼",供参考。

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