The historic accomplishment of a seamless EU patent and intellectual property space

The last building block was laid to its place yesterday, accomplishing the construction of the seamless EU commercial patent and intellectual property protection space and the function of the Unified Court. The relevant regulations will be in force as from 15 January 2015. It has to be reminded that in December 2012, an agreement was […]

Only a few months away from the single European patent space

In a major breakthrough development for EU’s internal market, the EU Justice Ministers agreed yesterday on a Commission proposal, to complete the legal framework of one pan-European patent universe. The key point in this draft regulation is that the rulings of the Unified Patent Court will be recognised in the legal systems of all signatory […]

Towards seamless patent registration and protection in 25 EU countries

Slowly but steadily the European Commission works towards the creation of a seamless patent registration and protection legal environment in 25 member states (Italy and Spain are not participating). To this effect the EU’s executive arm is now proposing new legislation to fill the legal gaps for unitary patent protection. In detail the Commission on […]

The EU patent space and Unified Court are born

Yesterday, during the Council of the European Union meeting, twenty-two member states opened a new page in the history book of the EU, by signing the international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC). Once the agreement enters into force, the signatory countries will form a unified area in terms of patent law. Since […]

Why Microsoft is a regular to Almunia’s

In the years of globalisation, free movements of capital, goods and to a lesser degree of labour, have raised exponentially citizen’s wellbeing in our western economic volume and not only. This achievement has to be totally credited, to the opening of national markets to international competition. At the same time though globalisation has created new opportunities […]