Unified system of patents in the EU: latest developments


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For many years the European Commission and the European Union (EU) Members have discussed the possibility of providing a unified system of patents in the EU. The languages in which this patent title would be available were the main obstacle to an agreement. A solution however seems to have been achieved through the use of the ‘Enhanced Cooperation’ procedure, recently authorised by the Council of the European Union and with the consent of the European Parliament. A unique patent title in the EU is therefore no longer a simple mirage.

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