Given the difficulties in reaching an agreement on the Community patent,[107] other legal constructs have been proposed outside the Legal Framework of the European Union in order to reduce the cost of translation (patents in case of issuance) and litigation, namely the London Agreement, which came into force on 1 May 2008, which reduced the number of countries requiring the translation of European patents issued today under the Convention on European patent. , and the corresponding cost of obtaining a European patent [108] – and European patent litigation (EPLA), a proposal that is now obsolete. In addition to the aforementioned areas, the European Patent Convention has been extended to three Member States participating in enhanced cooperation for a single patent to cover some of their dependent territories outside the European Union:[95] In order to listen to the views of potential users of the unitary title, a workshop was held in May 2015: that the UPCA will not be able to enter into force after Brexit. Your other contribution, to which you refer, does not give a compelling reason why this should be the case and seems to be an opinion that is not shared by the community of law. The United Kingdom ratified the agreement, as requested by the agreement on a unified patent court. It does not seem necessary for the UK to still be a member of the EU at the time of its launch. I do not understand how ministers can keep a watchful face in the Competitiveness Council when they adopt conclusions for the Spring European Council on improving Europe`s competitiveness, and yet, in the next breath, the political agreement already reached last March on the main principles of the Community patent. I can only hope that one day the uninterested and protectionist interests that stand in the way of an agreement on this important measure will be overshadowed by the importance and interests of European manufacturing and European competitiveness. That day has not yet arrived. [109] On 17 December 2012, an agreement was reached between the European Council and the European Parliament on the two EU regulations[1][2], which enabled the unitary patent through enhanced cooperation at EU level. The legality of the two regulations was challenged by Spain and Italy, but all their applications were rejected by the European Court of Justice. [3] [4] [5] In September 2015, Italy acceded to the Unitary Patent Regulation[6], so that all EU Member States, with the exception of Spain and Croatia, participate in enhanced cooperation in favour of a unitary patent.

The unitary effect of the new European patents granted can be applied from the date of entry into force of the corresponding agreement of the Unified Patent Jurisdiction for the first group of erators [Notes 2] and extends to the participating Member States for which the UPC convention came into force at the time of registration of the unitary patent. Previously issued unitary patents will not automatically be extended to the territory of participating states that will later ratify the UPC agreement. In Greece, a consultation on the ratification bill and a government-commissioned study on the impact of unitary patent protection on the economy were finalised in early 2017. The Slovak Republic will wait until the UP system is operational for ratification. «Officials are examining whether to conduct a study on the impact of the UPC on the Slovak economy. The Community patent debate made significant progress in 2003, when a political agreement was reached on 3 March 2003.