The "EU patent" could fundamentally change the patent system in Europe.
At the current time, it is not certain if, when, and in which countries it will enter into force. The appropriate international agreement has already been ratified by 16 EU member states (status: May 2, 2018). It has to be ratified by at least 13 Member States, including Germany (not yet), France (already ratified), and the United Kingdom (already ratified). The current ratification status is available at the website of the European Council.
The win of "Leave" in the Brexit referendum means that the project is questioned.
Currently, there is actually therefore no need to worry about the EU patent yet. It is sufficient to be included on our "EU Patent Alerts" mailing list or follow us on Twitter (@Heuking_Patents). You will then receive an automatic notification as soon as things get serious, i.e. when there is real relevant progress on the introduction of the EU patent (e.g., ratification by other Member States or the adoption of the final version of the Rules of Procedure for court proceedings) - or if the project fails.
We patent lawyers of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek are always observing the current development. We have put together some information on this page. We summarized the most important legal texts relating to the EU patent (Regulation (EU) 1257/2012, Agreement on a Unified Patent Court and the Draft Rules of Procedure) in our "EU Patent" textbook. This book also contains an overview in table form, which facilitates the introduction to the matter. You may order the book free of Charge (by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
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