Delivering a unified patent system for Europe
The voting of two regulations concerning the unitary patent by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2012 is a historic decision, ending a 40-year EU patent stalemate. This single patent regulation is a watershed for the European business landscape, and in particular for SMEs, as it drastically cuts the costs of patenting and red tape beginning in 2014.
‘The overall aim is to simplify the procedure, as there will only be a one-stop shop – the EPO – in place for obtaining and maintaining the unitary patent,’ says Jean-Luc Gal, head of the Brussels bureau of the European Patent Office (EPO).
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