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This week: the unitary patent system.

22nd June, 2013
Jane Farren is an associate in solicitors Eugene F Collins Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group.

Under the current patent system, in order to obtain pan-European patent protection, an applicant can either file an application to register a patent with each of the member states through the relevant national patent offices, or it can file an application with the European Patent Office (EPO) under the European Patent Convention (EPC).

European patents issued from the EPO take the form of a bundle of separate national patents for those EPC countries selected by...

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