A Unified Patent For Europe And A Unified Way of Enforcing It

    December 2011
    The European Union currently has 27 member countries. To protect their inventions in this market of just over 500m people, business has had no alternative other than to obtain 27 separate national patents, one for each European country, and then to enforce them separately on a country by country basis. In China, India and the US by contrast single patents cover populations of 1.34bn, 1.2bn and 312m respectively.