- EU patent looks almost certain
- Patents could be filed from spring
- Cheaper, simpler system for
A vote by MEPs in December in favour of the unitary patent
means that IP owners planning their patent filing strategies
could soon have a new way of protecting their rights in
At the moment, inventors in Europe can use two routes: they
can file directly with national patent offices or they can
apply for a European patent, submitting a single patent
application to the European Patent Office and nominating the
countries where they would like protection. Once granted, a
European patent must be enforced separately in each country in
which it is registered.
From 2014, IP owners could have a new option open to them:
the unitary patent.
The timetable depends on the unified patent court agreement
being ratified by 13 member states (including France, Germany
and the UK) later this...