“The seat of the Unified Patent Court will be in Paris, with thematic clusters in London and Munich”, was the headline of many newspapers and business magazines at the end of June. The media were celebrating an assumed breakthrough on the way to the EU Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court on the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June 2012.

The system is supposed to significantly reduce the costs for nationalization and maintenance of European patents, and should render enforcement of patent rights in Europe easier. However, only four days later, the European Parliament postponed its vote on the EU Patent Package due to two significant last-minute changes suggested by the Council to the text agreed upon in December 2011. The Parliament will possibly resume the discussion in September this year.

Read more in BARDEHLE PAGENBERG IP Report 2012/III