Analysis

Embattled Unified Patent Court Likely Further Delayed

Law360, New York (June 20, 2017, 6:51 PM EDT) -- A German court is weighing an apparent constitutional challenge to national legislation ratifying the European Union's new Unified Patent Court, which could further delay the long-running effort to set up a single Europe-wide patent system, if not undermine its current form entirely, experts say.

The German Federal Constitutional Court has asked President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to hold off signing the legislation into law while it considers a legal complaint brought by an unknown individual, which the president has reportedly agreed to do. The court's request, first reported by German media last week, is another potential setback for the long-planned Unified Patent Court,...

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