At the Naples Midwinter Patent Experts Conference, Professor Dr. Heinz Goddar explained that the ratification process has been deferred altogether until after the German national elections. Until there is German (and French and British) ratification, the “Unified” system cannot come into force.
Additionally, it was reported that there is yet a possible problem with the present unified patent proposal. The Spanish government has announced that it will bring a new challenge to the “Unified” system to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
As I explained in an earlier post, both Spain and Italy objected to the unified patent system proposal because their languages were not part of the process (among other issues).
It seems more and more unlikely that the EU will have a unified system anytime soon. However, I will keep you updated on any changes that occur.
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