Emma Barraclough, Brussels
On December 4, EU member states signed an agreement in
principle to establish an EU patent and a single, Europe-wide
patent court. Sweden's minister for trade Ewa Björling,
who chaired the meeting of the Competitiveness Council, said
she was "proud" that the Council "has now sent a clear and
unambiguous signal to Europe's innovative companies that have
long been calling for an improved patent system".
But key elements remain to be agreed. Here is Managing
IP's guide to the deal.
What has actually been agreed?
On December 4, ministers at the EU Competitiveness Council
agreed on the general focus of the European patent regulation
and Council conclusions on a common European patent court,
known as the European and EU Patents Court (EEUPC).
On the EU patent, member states agreed that a select
committee of the EPO's Administrative Council should decide
both the level of renewal...