Patents

A well-functioning patent system is essential for Europe’s competitiveness, innovation and job creation. Companies that seek to protect their innovations currently in Europe with a patent can either opt to do so only in one national market or designate a number of European markets through a common procedure managed by the European Patent Office in Munich. Going in more than one market means: extra translation costs, lawyer fees, additional administrative procedures and costs.

Moreover, when enforcing their patents, companies are confronted with different court procedures in different countries and different rules. This adds to the costs they face. This means an overall competitiveness and innovation gap for Europe vis-à-vis other key markets (Europe: 36.000 EUR, USA: 2000 EUR, China: 600 EUR).  

The unitary patent will offer a new opportunity for business providing automatic coverage for the whole EU with less costs, less red tape and more legal certainty through the Unified Patent Court.

BusinessEurope calls for swift implementation of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. This means a cost-effective solution for the fees companies will pay to use the Unitary Patent.

Publications

Position papers Date
EPO consultation on user-driven early certainty (UDEC) proposal - BusinessEurope comments 08/02/2018
Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and patent research exemptions - BusinessEurope feedback to the European Commission public consultation 15/01/2018
BusinessEurope comments on consultation on IP5 patent practices 15/09/2015
Technical note on the allocation of the administrative costs related to the European patent with unitary effect 01/09/2015
Unified Patent Court (UPC) fees and recoverable costs - BusinessEurope response to public consultation 31/07/2015
BusinessEurope response to EPO user consultation on reform of the boards of appeal 30/06/2015
Further submission from BusinessEurope on the level of fees for the European patent with unitary effect 01/12/2014
BusinessEurope's views and proposal on renewal fees for the European patent with unitary effect (EPUE) 06/10/2014
BusinessEurope comments on public consultation regarding European Patent Litigation Certificate 24/07/2014
BusinessEurope comments to draft rules relating to Unitary Patent protection 06/12/2013
BusinessEurope comments to the draft Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court 05/11/2013
BusinessEurope comments on the draft rules relating to Unitary Patent protection - SACEPO WPR 10/13 of 28.06.2013 03/09/2013
European observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights - BusinessEurope response to OHIM consultation 06/07/2012
Public letters Date
BusinessEurope submissions to the SACEPO working party on rules 18/12/2015
EPO proposals on the renewal fees of the Unitary Patent - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska 11/03/2015
Proposals by the European Patent Office on renewal fees: BusinessEurope reaction - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to Jérôme Debrulle, Chairman of the EPO Select Committee 11/03/2015
Making global dossier a high priority - Joint letter from industry associations to IP5 office heads 01/03/2013
Last updated: 4 July 2016