EU unitary patent likely to launch in spring 2014
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
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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