EU Single Patent System Wins High Court Approval

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court gave its approval Tuesday for the bloc's planned unitary patent system, clearing the way for a regime in which a patent can be asserted across the EU and enforced with a single court ruling.

The European Court of Justice dismissed a challenge by Italy and Spain that claimed the new system — accepted by 25 of the EU's 27 member nations and set to launch in 2014 — shouldn't have been approved without unanimous consent.  The two nations have refused to...
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