EU Unitary Patent System Has Major Cos. Wary

Law360, New York (December 12, 2012, 9:53 PM EST) -- A unitary patent for the European Union will soon be a reality, but many large companies, including drugmakers, may be reluctant to participate in a system in which a patent can be asserted across the EU and enforced with a single court ruling, attorneys said Wednesday.

The system — approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday and set to take effect in 2014 — will allow applicants to obtain one patent that is enforceable throughout the EU, reducing application costs and eliminating the need under the...
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