EU patent to pave Europe’s way out of crisis

On 12 October 2011 the European Commission presented a so-called “Roadmap for stability and growth” outlining the response that they believe is needed to get Europe out of the current economic crisis. The roadmap includes five areas of action, four of which relate to financial and economic issues, including of course the problems currently encountered by Greece and the other Euro countries.

The last area of action is called “Speeding up stability and growth-enhancing policies” and suggests, amongst others, to accelerate the adoption of the proposed unitary European patent. If the 25 member states, who have indicated their intention to join the unitary patent, all do so the Commission estimates that it would lead to an 80% reduction in costs for companies utilising the system. Together with a series of other initiatives this should not only make life easier for European companies, but also contribute to making Europe more attractive to foreign investors.

Read more about the EU patent in our earlier blog post: A brighter future for the EU patent

The full document adopted by the Commission can be found here.

Vibeke Warberg Rohde, European Patent Attorney, Awapatent

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  1. 1.

    Hej!
    Det är dock tveksamt om detta verkligen leder till de fördelar som många politiker hävdar eller hoppas på. I nuvarande förslag finns en rad brister el. åtminstone oklarheter. Se tex Annika Rybergs presentation på temat “Unitary Patents” på SIPFs höstmöte i år. Finns att läsa här: http://www.sipf.se
    //Christian

  2. 2.

    Dear IP-blog,

    I’m sorry, but your blog post together with the other blog post you refer to make it sound like the proposals for regulation of the unitary patent and the patent court agreement would be good for the European Industry. While the aim of this legislative initiative certainly is good for the Industry, the drafts are not. They are so full of flaws that they presently are unacceptable, since they threaten to make the patent landscape/systems in Europe more fragmented (revival of national patents?), more expensive to litigate for SME:s (currently court fees are to be paid by the parties) and disturb the whole European system in a negative way for at least a decade (uncertainties in applicable laws of substantial patent law, unfinished rules of procedure, differences between EP-patents and EU-patents, split between infringement and validity proceedings, etc). The rules of procedure of the Court will not even be settled yet when the politicians plan to decide on the matter in the first half of next year.

    How are we supposed to be able to accept a legislation the content of which will be unfinished when the decision is taken to adopt it?

    See some of SIPF:s comments about the draft Court agreement here: http://www.sipf.se/admin/photo/big/Remisser/SIPFremissvar.pdf

    I would also recommend everyone interested in the matter to read the document “Concerns of Principle” prepared by a sub-group of the European Patent Reform Consultation Group constituted by the UKIPO: http://www.les-bi.org/documents/UnifiedPatentCourt-ConcernsofPrinciple_10926472_1__8_.doc2.9-3.pdf

    Best regards, Fredrik Egrelius
    Member of SIPF

  3. 3.

    Dear Christian and Fredrik,
    I absolutely agree on your comments. All of the proposals we have seen so far have issues that need to be resolved. Last years initiation of the enhanced cooperation to push forward the creation of the EU patent system and now the presentation of the roadmap from the Commision, however, indicate a real political interest, which may result in the allocation of the resources needed to weed out the flaws that have already been pointed out by others. So let’s all keep a close eye on the development and make sure to voice our concerns whenever we discover something problematic. As long as nothing has been signed, we still have the opportunity to influence the process to the better.