Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

Germany puts halt on European unitary patentEurope’s effort to create a single patent system has been thrown into confusion following a decision by Germany’s constitutional court to halt legislation ratifying it. According to German media reports , since confirmed by a court spokesperson, the court received a complaint from an as-yet-unnamed individual arguing that the unitary patent and patent court (UPC) breaks German law. The complaint has been taken seriously enough that the court has directed Germany’s federal president not to put forward legislation to make the new system law. The unitary patent system has been in process for a number of years, at times amid controversy, but the German court decision caught everyone unawares. The idea is pretty simple. Even though there is a Europe-wide patent system, infringement is decided according to each individual country’s laws. The UPC would remove that time-consuming, expensive and inefficient system with a single court system. This being Europe of course, different types of patents would be decided in different courts dotted around Europe: a central chamber in Paris, one department (life sciences) in London, another in Munich (mechanical engineering), and a court of appeal in Luxembourg. Following the Brexit decision by the UK to leave the European Union, […]

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