The New European Patent

By Alfredo Ilardi

On December 17, 2012, following a complex negotiation which lasted 12 years, the European Parliament adopted Regulations (EU) 1257/2012 and 1260/2012, and the text of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC Agreement). These instruments institute the 'European patent with unitary effect,' the first unified system for the protection of inventions within the EU. The two Regulations will be applicable after the entry into force of the UPC Agreement, which was signed on February 19, 2013 by 24 Member States of the EU. This book traces the evolution of the idea behind the institution of the European patent with unitary effect, including a comparative analysis of the existing parallel regional and international procedures for the protection of inventions. It presents a synthesis of the different phases of the negotiations which led to the adoption of the first unitary patent system within the EU. Additionally, the book examines the provisions of the two Regulations, of the UPC Agreement, and of the jurisdictional system under Brussels I Regulation. The book's Appendix reproduces the texts of Regulations and of the UPC Agreement. It will be of interest to practitioners and academics working in the field of copyright and patent law. [Subject: European Law, Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law]

Publication Date: 6/18/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849468336