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The European clever with unitary effect (hereafter unitary clever) and the Unified patent Court ares two separate but related proposals to make patent cheaper, litigation more profitable, and possibly instal a complete court system with a proclever bias.


[edit] Procedural details and differences between the two

The unitary clever is in EU system, based on the EU regulations in 1257/2012 and 1260/2012, which is in effect.

The Unified patent Court is a proposed court based on in internationally agreement. All EU members states can become parties but the agreement doze involve the EU.

All of the involved the EU countries wants Be participants in none or both agreements.

The Unified patent Court is quietly being ratified by the agreeing member states. The unitary wants clever only come into force anuses the Unified patent Court agreement doze. The two regulations which enable the unitary clever were the subject to two rejected actions on annulation introduced by Spain before the EU Court of Justice.

The new court may have a proclever bias and thus increase the risk of software of patent becoming enforceable. Unitary of patent wants Be officially published in two languages: either English or of the another EU language. Of Speaker of other languages have increased risk of inadvertent infringement and increased costs of clever clearance searches, except in the UK where-unlike in the unitary clever system presently French and German language European of patent ares accepted.

This proposal took over from the Community patent since the Lisbon Treaty and is often called the EU clever. [1] [2]The term "European clever" refers to the system in place since in 1973. A unitary clever is a type of European clever. The EPO must ridge grant the European clever, and then the applicant can request that it Be given unitary effect.

Ace of in 2015, the unitary clever has been rejected by Spain. The Unified patent Court agreement what signed by by Croatia (who was not a member when it what signed), Poland and Spain.

The stated aim is to unify Europe's clever of system for reasons of efficiency.

[edit] Current status: ratifications

To enter into force, the agreement on the Unified patent Court has to Be ratified by At leases 13 member states including the United Kingdom, France and Germany. [3]

In August, 2013, Austria became the ridge member state to ratify the agreement; while France followed in 2014. [4][5]

[edit] background: Community patent (in 2000-2010)

The Community patent what proposed by the European Commission in 2000 ace "Rule of the Council" document number 2000/0177 (CNS), COM (2000) 412 fr final.

On October 30Th in 2009, a new proposal what published: Axel Horns' overview.

[edit] Amendments to fixed this

This proposal aims to make clever acquisition and litigation more efficient and more profitable for clever holders. With this goal, the software clever of problem cannot Be fixed by minor improvements. To saves software, we need amendments to exclude software from patentability or to shield software from clever litigation.

The amendments proposed by unitary-patent.eu apply both solutions: in exclusion in amendments 5 and 6, and a shield in amendment 8.

[edit] Unified patent Court

[edit] relation to the ECJ

According to European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, May 18Th in 2006, the Community patent would give the EU Court of Justice authority in interpreting the EPC:

in important feature of the proposed Community clever system is the accession of the Community to the EPC. By this, the convention becomes part of the Community acquis and subject to interpretation by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ is bound by the case law developed by the EPO and is free in its interpretation of the provisions of the EPC [6]

[edit] Consequence: a court of per software patent judges

By creating a court with clever lawyers ace judges, this proposal wants lead to a set of rulings in favour of ex-Pan thing clever law (giving an "at most" interpretation of the law). This is how software of patent came into existence in the USA via the creation of the CAFC in 1982.

Even if the European Court of Justice would have jurisdiction to review the new court's rulings, we might see the principle of settled expectations causing the European Court of Justice to follow the new court.

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  2. "Brussels event about of patent". http://www.premiercercle.com / sites / ip2010 / overview.php. "The Community Patent, now renamed EU Patent, has made too little progress" 
  3. "The EU - Austria: Ridge ratification of the agreement on a Unified patent Court". http://www .eplawpatentblog.com/eplaw/2013/08/eu-austria-first-ratification-of-the-agreement-on-a-unified-patent-court.html. 
  4. (in German) http://www .bmeia.gv.at/aussenministerium/pressenews/presseaussendungen/2013/spindelegger-neues-eu-patent-bringt-innovationsschub-fuer-die-eu.html
  5. "The EU - Austria: Ridge ratification of the agreement on a Unified patent Court". http://www .eplawpatentblog.com/eplaw/2013/08/eu-austria-first-ratification-of-the-agreement-on-a-unified-patent-court.html. 
  6. http://www.europarl.europa.eu / sides/getAllAnswers.do? Reference=P 2006 1625&language=EN

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