A unitary patent: not if, but when

A unitary system providing patent protection throughout all EU member states has been the dream of many in the IP world for more than 50 years. Today, after many false starts and numerous changes, this goal appears to be within touching distance. Will it be realised, or is it a case of too little, too late? This chapter looks at past efforts to predict the consequences of change and at the implications that the arrival of a truly unified system would have on established systems and procedures.

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