Italy Changes Its Position About Unified European Patent’

Italy Changes Its Position About Unified European Patent’

The Interministerial Committee for European Affairs (CIAE) has announced the beginning of the review process for the Italian position on the so-called ‘enhanced cooperation’. The decision comes after the recent refusal of the Court of Justice of the European Union against Spain, which, like Italy, had opposed some aspects of the new European patent procedure, and in particular the possibility of filing only in one of the three official languages of the EPO: English, French and German. At this point, the choice is in the hands of the Italian Parliament which has to decide on the ratification of the Agreement. In this case, Italy could finally take part actively in the construction of the new European patent system, which in many ways has not yet been delineated.