10 July 2011

Polish EU Presidency Starts Working on Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Litigation System


Thanks to @ksnhlaw, we got aware of a Presidency Note issued by the incoming Polish Presidency of the EU Council and clarifying the plans of the new Presidency for the various pending patent issues of the European Union.

The note emphasises the "momentum for finalising the legislative processes" of enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection and expresses the Presidency's determination "to continue the work in parallel on both [creation of unitary patent protection and creation of a unified patent litigation system], with a view to reaching an overall political agreement within the Council at the end of this year".

The main tasks of the incoming Presidency are announced to be:
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection1 based on Article 118(1) TFEU;
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements  based on Article 118(2) TFEU;
  • Draft agreement on a Unified Patent Court and draft Statute.
The first meetings are intended to take place on 11 (tomorrow) and 18 July.

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