European Council Agrees on a Unitary Patent and a Unified Patent Court

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The European Council met in Brussels on June 28-29, 2012, and agreed to establish an EU Unitary Patent together with an EU Unified Patent Court. The agreement by the Council set the location of the Central Division within Paris, with specialized courts in London and Munich. Final approval by the European Parliament is expected this summer.

- The heads of state for member states of the European Union agreed to seat the Central Division of the Unified Patent Court in Paris, London and Munich

- London will hear cases related to “human necessities,” including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices

- Munich will hear cases related to mechanical engineering

- A court of second instance, an appeals court, will be established in Luxembourg

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