The EU Embraces Enhanced Cooperation in Patent Matters: Towards a Unitary Patent Protection System
European Journal of Risk Regulation, Vol. 3, pp. 416-420, 2011
5 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 1, 2011
On 13 April 2011 the Commission tabled a package of two legislative proposals implementing enhanced cooperation in the field of unitary patent protection and translation arrangements. Such proposals were subsequently agreed upon by the EU ministers in an Extraordinary Competitiveness Council on 27 June 2011.
The objective of this regulatory move is to offer innovators in Europe a unique patent right which can only be transferred, licensed, revoked or may lapse in all the Member States which participate in the enhanced cooperation.
However, Spain and Italy have chosen to remain outside the enhanced cooperation system and challenged before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the Council Decision of 10 March 2011 authorizing such cooperation. They point out inter alia that the envisaged system would advantage applicants coming from EU English, French or German speaking countries.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, patents, EU, enhanced cooperation
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