In a day that is fast taking on some significance* for the unitary patent system, May 5th will see the CJEU hand down its judgments on the two Spanish actions C-146/13 and C-147/13. (*The Preparatory Committee is meeting on the same day and may approve both the European Patent Litigators Certificate and the consultation on court fees.)
The European Commission published a piece on the unitary patent last week – “The Unitary Patent package – better protection for European innovators.” The article was relatively short but still managed to raise IPcopy’s eyebrows a few times. The following statement was, to our mind, the worst offender within the article:
Uniform protection for the covered invention will be provided across all 25 countries and the cost of administration – a single payable fee – will be € 5 000.
Such a short statement and yet so many questions! What is meant by “the cost of administration”? What “single” fee is being referred to here? Where did the € 5 000 amount come from?
We tweeted a question to both the EPO and the Twitter account for the European Commission (Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) for clarification of this statement but, as yet, no reply……
We’ll update you if we hear anything but we’re not holding our breath!
Mark Richardson 20 April 2015