The Unitary Patent is a “wonderful tool” - Jean-Jacques Canonici, P&G
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The Unitary Patent is a “wonderful tool” - Jean-Jacques Canonici, P&G

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Jean-Jacques Canonici of Procter & Gamble urged patent owners to try the new Unitary Patent system, in an interview with Managing IP

Speaking at the Patent Reform Forum in Munich, Canonici said: “I hope it will be used because I fully believe it is a wonderful tool, but I have concerns about the costs.”

In particular, he said the level of renewal fees – which are now being discussed by participating member states – will be a key factor for many companies.

But he said that users bear a responsibility to try out the new system: “It would be a mistake to sit back and let others try the system. It is a joint responsibility to put some patents into the new system and that is how issues will get better resolution.”

See all the interviews from Munich on Managing IP’s YouTube channel. Note that all speakers are talking in a personal capacity, and their views are not necessarily those of their employers or clients.

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