20 February 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Spain should ‘reconsider’ position on unitary patent

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) has called on the Spanish government to reconsider the country’s participation in the unitary patent system.

In a non-legislative motion, submitted on 13 February, the PSOE said it is “necessary to reconsider the position of the Spanish government”, as it is only one of two EU member states that remain outside of the system.

Spain has stood against the unitary patent since its inception due to concerns over the system’s language arrangements.

“Maintaining its opposition to the unitary patent system ... will seriously undermine the competitiveness of our companies and our innovation process once this system comes into force,” the PSOE argued.

Addressing arguments against the potential language barrier of the system, the PSOE said: “The damage generated by the language regime has effected any Spanish company that wants to register its European patent through the European Patent Office ... if left outside the new system, the damage will be greater.”

The motion also suggested that Spain could use the UK’s exit from the EU to request the London seat of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) central division.

“The imminent departure of the UK from the union could lead to a delay in entry of the new patent system, because it was envisaged that the headquarters of one of the specialised divisions of the UPC would be located in London.”

“A possible delay that should be taken advantage of by the Spanish government adopting a proactive and conciliatory position that would allow us to reposition the position to Spain.”

More Europe news
The latest news from IPPro Patents
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Businesses should prepare for UPC, despite uncertainty
17 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Businesses should make preparations for the Unified Patent Court and unitary patent, despite mounting uncertainty surrounding when, if at all, the court will come into effect
Patent ‘irrationality’ causes a negative image of patents
16 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Spectators are far more accepting of copyright and trademarks than they are of patents because of “irrationality”, according to Sir Robin Jacob
SUEPO willing to work with new EPO president
12 October 2017 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A source close to the Staff Union of the European Patent Office has revealed it is always willing to work with whoever is elected to lead the European Patent Office
Tech companies create SEP code of conduct
10 October 2017 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nokia and Airbus are among technology companies, represented by research and development organisation IP Europe, that are aiming to create an industry code of conduct on licensing standard essential patents
MPP signs HIV drug deal with Gilead
04 October 2017 | Switzerland | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
The UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has signed a new generic manufacturing licence with Gilead Sciences for HIV treatments in Europe and the US
EIP bolsters its Düsseldorf office
29 September 2017 | Düsseldorf | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Christof Höhne joins EIP as partner at the beginning of October and will work alongside partner Michael Munsch
Nokia and LG complete arbitration
18 September 2017 | Espoo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nokia and LG Electronics have finally settled their patent licence dispute at the International Court of Arbitration