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EU unitary patent likely to launch in spring 2014

James Nurton, London

Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly backed plans for a unitary patent and unified patent court covering 25 of the EU’s 27 member states, paving the way for the biggest change in European patent protection in 40 years

In a series of votes today, the MEPs supported the latest proposals put forward by the Cyprus Presidency and rejected amendments that would undermine them. The key vote was passed by 484 votes to 186.

The vote came a day after the plans were also approved by the EU Competitiveness Council.

In a separate development, Advocate General Bot at the Court of Justice of the EU proposed that Italian and Spanish challenges to the enhanced cooperation procedure implementing the unitary patent be rejected.

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