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The New EU Patent vs. European Patents

MultiLing translation service, EU patentsThe new EU Patent that is currently being debated within the European Union is completely different from the existing European patents, which are granted under the European Patent Convention (EPC).

European patents, once granted, become a bundle of nationally enforceable patents, in the designated states. Enforcement must be carried out through national courts in individual countries and revocation cannot be accomplished centrally once the nine-month opposition period has expired. Current procedures to apply for a patent are complicated and expensive. Once granted by the European Patent Office (EPO), patents have to be validated by every EU country where the inventor wishes to have protection. Apart from the administrative formalities, this procedure involves considerable expenses for translation. To protect an invention throughout the EU, a company has to pay up to € 32.000, as opposed to € 1.850 on average in the US. Continue reading

Towards a European Patent System

The discussion regarding translation within the European patent system continues. In its latest draft for a European patent system, the European Commission (EC) suggests that patent applications have to be submitted in English, French and German to be valid in all European member states. Spain and Italy oppose that suggestion. Spain is in favor of a “one plus one” system, which means publishing in English and one additional language. Italy has already announced that it will stop the EC initiative by a veto. Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Cyprus are also very skeptical concerning the EC draft.

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