Italy Announces Support for UPC
May 14, 2015
These comments from a high-ranking member of the Government of Italy, while not a ratification yet, unequivocally show a strong signal of Italy’s position on the European unitary patent system.
CJEU Rejects Spanish Challenge
May 6, 2015
The historic ruling makes a strong statement about the importance of the Unified Patent Package. The ruling states that the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court address “the complexity and particularly high costs of the current European patent protection system” which “affect adversely the capacity of European businesses to innovate and compete.”
This ruling ends the debate, which began nearly 50 years ago in regard to unifying the patent system in Europe. With the final hurdle complete, the Unified Patent Court is anticipated to open in 2016. All companies that have competitors in Europe, particularly where patents are relevant to their industry, will now need to take seriously this new court and patent system.