Vote on EU patent:
- extracts from the 3 votes
Première transmission: 11/12/2012
Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
Fin de production: 11/12/2012
Parliament approved this midday EU unitary patent rules : EU inventors will soon be able to get a unitary patent at last. After over 30 years of talks, a new regime will cut the cost of an EU patent by up to 80%, making it more competitive vis-à-vis the US and Japan. MEPs cut costs for small firms and tailored the regime to their needs, in a compromise deal with the Council endorsed by Parliament this midday.
The idea of a unitary patent valid throughout the European Economic Community was already being aired when it was founded in 1957. A "unified Community patent" was to be created by the Munich Convention in 1973, but the agreement never entered into force. After another unsuccessful attempt was the Luxembourg Agreement of 1989. In 1997, the European Commission published a Green Paper on the "Community patent", followed by a proposal in 2000. A revised proposal was then put forward in 2004, but sunk by disagreement on language issues. The current unitary patent proposal was tabled in 2011.
The European patent with unitary effect relies upon three separate pieces of legislation (unitary patent, language regime and unified patent court), drawn up via three different procedures. Parliament's representatives negotiated the three acts together, as a package, with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||TITLE : Vote on EU patent: - extracts from the 3 votes
||EXTERIOR SHOT of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
||Vice-Chair opening the vote: 2 shots
||Close shot on Rapporteur Bernard RAPKAY (S&D, DE)
||Voting of the first resolution : Report Bernard RAPKAY : 3 shots
||Display of the votes voting on the first resolution : Report Bernard RAPKAY :
484 in favour
||Voting of the second resolution : Report BALDASSARE (EPP, IT) : 5 shots
||Display of the results of the voting on the second resolution : Report BALDASSARE (EPP, IT) :
481 in favour
||Close shot on Raffaele BALDASSARE (EPP, IT), Rapporteur
||Voting of the second resolution : Report LEHNE : 6 shots
||Dsiplay of the results of the vote on the second resolution : Report LEHNE :
483 in favour
||Close shot on Klaus-Heiner LEHNE (EPP, DE)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Michel Barnier, Commissioner in charge of internal market and services.
(English translation) :
At last, with the Council and with your support, we have got what I would call a dynamic compromise on the European Patent which is much more simple and much less expensive. This Patent remains opened to countries, Italy and Spain, which have not yet joined into this reinforced cooperation. Allow me simply to add that, given all the crisis and difficulties European people are facing at the moment, this is indeed a good news. It is furthermore a real progress, and I say that with humility and no auto-satisfaction at all, a real progress for competitiveness for growth and for jobs, in particular a good news for SME's across Europe. I would therefore, on my personal behalf, thank your Institution for this vote. "
||Applauses : 4 shots