EU Votes To Implement Unified Patent System

Law360, New York (December 11, 2012, 4:38 PM EST) -- The European Union on Tuesday approved laws establishing a unitary patent that will allow individual EU member states to obtain patents through a centralized system, a move Europe's regulators say will spur innovation across the continent.

European Parliament passed through two draft regulations that when adopted will allow 25 of the EU's 27 member states — with only Italy and Spain "outside the new regime" — to apply for unitary patents through the European Patent Office, a move heralded by that agency as an important step...
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