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Italy requests participation in the enhanced cooperation for the creation of Unitary Patent Protection

July 16, 2015

Italy has notified the Council of the European Union of "its intention to participate in the enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection and in the enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements". The Italian declaration of intent arrives right after the Court of Justice of the European Union has officially given its green light to the implementation of the Unitary Patent Package.

The notification letter has been kindly provided to the epi by the Council and can be read here . It states that Italy has determined to request participation in the enhanced cooperation for the creation of unitary patent protection, pursuant to Article 331 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Besides, it warns that the accession to enhanced cooperation on the European Patent does not prejudge Italy's well established position on the EU language regime and does not constitute a precedent.

Pursuant to Article 331 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, any Member State which wishes to participate in enhanced cooperation in progress shall notify its intention to the Council and the Commission. Subsequently, the Commission shall, within four months of the date of receipt of the notification, confirm the participation of the Member State concerned. The epi will keep an eye close on the Commission’s response.

Following the participation of Italy in the enhanced cooperation for the creation of unitary patent protection, 26 EU Member States will have adopted the Unitary Patent Regulation (with the exception of Spain and Croatia). Given that Italy had already signed the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA), the status in this context will remain the same, that it, 25 countries having signed the UPCA with only Spain, Poland and Croatia not having done so.

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