Who will benefit from a single European court system?
Although the unitary patent court is to be split between three jurisdictions, local lawyers there won’t necessarily be the ones to win the new work. Ben Naylor explains
After almost 40 years of negotiations, the unitary patent
system is close to being realised with the final step, the
ratification of the agreement by the parliaments of at least 13
of the 25 participating EU member states, expected later this
unitary patent in numbers
(Italy and Spain) abstaining from the unitary patent
||EU member states covered
by a unitary patent
Commission’s estimated cost in euros of a
||Cost in euros of
validating in each EU member state individually according
to the EU
received by the EPO last year
Alongside disputes over the new system's language regime,
one of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations was the
location of the court that will hear disputes over unitary
patents. The solution was a typically European one that will
see the court span...
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