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The Unitary Patent Package: Twelve Reasons for Concern

11 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2012 Last revised: 2 Jan 2015

Reto Hilty

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; University of Zurich; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Thomas Jaeger

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law

Matthias Lamping

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Hanns Ullrich

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Date Written: October 17, 2012

Abstract

A balanced, innovation-friendly and uniform patent system is indispensable for Europe. However, the latest EU proposal for a patent package (Patent Regulation and flanking court system) is both dangerous and misguided. While a superficial glance may create the false impression of a patent law advancement through the proposal, it instead actually threatens to forestall the necessary legal progress and innovation capacities for the foreseeable future. It might prove disastrous to implement a patent system which is already known to be detrimental from both the legal as well as the innovation perspectives. This paper provides a short introduction to the major reasons for concern regarding the current proposals and explains why it is imperative to reconsider the proposals entirely afresh.

Keywords: unitary patent, EU patent, patent court, Art. 118 TFEU

Suggested Citation

Hilty, Reto and Jaeger, Thomas and Lamping, Matthias and Ullrich, Hanns, The Unitary Patent Package: Twelve Reasons for Concern (October 17, 2012). Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Paper No. 12-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2169254

Reto Hilty (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

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University of Zurich

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Zürich, CH-8001
Switzerland

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Munich, 80539
Germany

Thomas Jaeger

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law ( email )

Schottenbastei 10-16
Vienna, A-1010
Austria

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Matthias Lamping

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, 80539
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ip.mpg.de

Hanns Ullrich

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, 80539
Germany

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