One patent for all Europe a step closer

The European parliament voted for a unitary patent on 11 December 2011. With the exception of Spain and Italy, 25 EU member states will now move forward to create a system where a single European patent application may be granted as a single enforceable patent across the member states.

Currently, a European patent must be “validated” in the majority of states to be enforceable across the EU. Consequently, a unitary patent is likely to make geographically broad protection much more affordable and practical.

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