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On 11 December 2012 the European Parliament voted positively on the EU Council’s compromise proposals for two draft EU regulations on a unitary patent for Europe.
The European patent with unitary effect will be an another option for users besides already-existing national patents and classical European patents. An unitary patent will be a European patent granted by the EPO under the provisions of the European Patent Convention to which unitary effect for the territory of the 25 participating states is given after grant, at the patentee’s request.
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