Italy Joins The Unitary Patent
Italy has joined the Unitary Patent and has become the 26th state of the European Union that has joined the enhanced cooperation for the creation of a Unitary Patent. With Italy’s entry, the EU Patent will become “even more attractive” for companies and inventors, as it has been reported in an Official statement of the European Commission. However, at present, the participating EU member states that have ratified the agreement are only 8 (Austria, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Malta, Luxembourg and Portugal). The sole EU countries that currently do not participate to the Unitary Patent are Spain and Croatia.