The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee today published a report which concludes that the draft agreement on the European Unified Patent Court is likely to hinder rather than help the enforcement of patents within the European Union. The creation of a single European patent valid in 25 countries and a Unified Patent Court to administer it was intended to remove IP barriers between EU countries and make it easier and more cost effective for companies and individuals to obtain patents to protect their inventions. The report however, indicates that the draft agreement in its current form fails to meet these aims and in fact would increase costs and bureaucracy particularly for small and medium sized businesses. The Committee’s press release and the full report is available on the UK Parliament website.
This story will be of interest to staff in FE and HE institutions working in the areas of knowledge exchange and innovation. JISC Legal published an article on the proposals for a unified patent and court system in June 2011.
Guidance and information for FE and HE institutions on the management of intellectual property is available in the knowledge exchange section of the JISC Legal website.