A Unitary Patent for Europe and a Unified Way of Enforcing it

    September 2012
    The European patent system looks set for its biggest shake up in forty years. Proposals that are likely to be introduced within the next few years will mean that for the first time it will be possible for patentees to obtain a single unitary patent covering all EU member states except Italy and Spain and to enforce such patents (as well as their existing European Patent Convention patents) across all such countries as a result of a single action in a single court. In the attached newsletter Squire Sanders explains how the current patent system in Europe works, outlines the main features of the new proposals and sets out where the legislature has got to with actually implementing them.