Home > Reading Room > New Patent System Draws Nearer

New Patent System Draws Nearer

Written by Ben Evans on 31 January 2011

« Return to Reading Room


The European Parliament has moved a step closer to approving proposals to create a 12 country wide patent system in Europe.

It has long been recognised that patent systems in rival economies such as the US are much more beneficial (on a cost benefit analysis) to businesses because they are single systems. In particular translation costs for the various European countries can drive costs for an EU patent to around ten times the cost of a US patent.

The new plans involves a single patent system that covers: the UK, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden.

Basically under the proposals a patent would be examined and granted in English, French or German and then have effect in any of the 12 countries in the scheme.

If you'd like to know more about this article please send an email to Unknown quoting the article title and any questions you might have, alternatively call the office number on 02380 235 979 or send an enquiry through our contact form.

Want to speak
to someone?

Complete the form below and we’ll call you back free of charge.

Visual Captcha