As reported earlier on this (and many other) blogs. There were going to be several challenges to the new EU unified patent system.
Today, Spain brought two last minute actions before the Court of Justice against the new regulations passed in December creating a unitary patent protection plan for the European Union.
And, they are not alone. Legal professionals in Germany have not been happy with the new regulations, but, unlike their Spanish counterparts, have not taken the matter to the European Court of Justice…yet.
Commentator’s believe that the Spanish challenge has merit and a good chance of winning in the ECJ. Even if the challenge is unsuccessful, the timeline for any action by the ECJ will not happen for a least 22 months. Also, there are other challenges to the new unified patent system that have not yet been addressed.
So it appears that there will be no unified patent system in the EU. It is a shame because it was a good idea, but badly implemented.
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