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UP/UPC: is Italy reconsidering its participation to the 'unitary patent package'?

26 May 2015

A possible turnaround of Italy as to its participation to the "unitary patent package" has been in the air since the beginning of this year, when the Italian Minister of Economic Development was asked to opine in front of the Chamber of Deputies on the possible participation of Italy in the unitary patent package.

A possible turnaround of Italy as to its participation to the "unitary patent package" has been in the air since the beginning of this year, when the Italian Minister of Economic Development was asked to opine in front of the Chamber of Deputies on the possible participation of Italy in the unitary patent package.

But the rumours are now becoming more and more serious. On 13 May 2015, the Interministerial Committee for the European Affairs, chaired by Mr. Sandro Gozi as Undersecretary of the European Affairs, officially started a review process of the Italian position on the unitary patent package.

According to Mr. Gozi, the process is aimed at overcoming the impasse currently characterizing the position of Italy, the only country in the European Union that has only signed the agreement in respect of the Unified Patent Court and opted-out of the enhanced cooperation procedure that led to the adoption of the Regulations instituting the unitary patent.

Conscious of the impact that the full participation of Italy to the unitary patent package may cause on enterprises with respect both to R&D and production, the Undersecretary promised that the Committee will deeply consider the economic implication of such possible choice.

Even if it is not possible do determine in advance the timing of the review process and its possible outcome, this change of direction may be considered as the first official step of the Italian government towards the participation to the unitary patent package.

By Giovanni Ghirardi and Maria Luigia Franceschelli.

 
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