Commission fills legal gaps for unitary patent protection
On July 29, the European Commission has proposed to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection. The changes will prepare the way for a specialised European patent court – the Unified Patent Court – to enter into force once ratified, making it easier for companies and inventors to protect their patents. At present, someone seeking to obtain Europe-wide protection for their invention has to validate European patents in all 28 EU Member States.
25 Member States are participating in this unified patent framework, which is open to all Member States. The proposal will need to be agreed by Member States and by the European Parliament before becoming law.
Find out more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-750_en.htm