As previously noted on IPcopy here, Italy signed the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court back in February but were not “fully paid” up members of the unitary patent package because they hadn’t joined the enhanced cooperation regime on the unitary patent.
We have previously heard that Italy was considering joining the enhanced cooperation regime but according to a news update here some more positive noises have been heard regarding Italy becoming part of the club.
According to the news article at the link above the EU Affairs Minister (Enzo Moavero Milanesi) indicated on 10 July to the EU Policy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies that the Italian government is minded to join the enhanced cooperation regime.
The president of an Italian confederation of businesses (Confindustria) also stated in a similar hearing on 9 July that his confederation also were favourably inclined towards both the unified patent court and Italian participation in enhanced cooperation.
Mark Richardson 19 July 2013