European union confirms the will to conclude discussions on creation of the unitary patent system
On December 11, 2012 the European Parliament voted for the new wording of the regulation on the unitary patent by almost 500 votes thereby the European Council shall be able to conclude formally the first reading by the end of this year. More than 10-year intensive negotiations on the patent reform in the EU, introduction of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court should be concluded next year on the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in February by signing an Agreement on Creation of the Unitary Patent Court. The new Unitary European Patent shall enter into the force in April 2014 in 25 EU member countries. The new system shall be simpler, shall reduce expenses for protection of inventions and increase the legal certainty.
Independently from the European Parliament meeting, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union rejected the legal challenge of Spain and Italy, which refused to join the unitary patent system though the enhanced co-operation on December 11, 2012 in Luxemburg. An Agreement on Unitary Patent will help to generate innovations and industrial growth in the European Union.