On December 11, 2012, the European Parliament approved a set of three proposals to create (1) a “unitary” patent valid across 25 EU member states, (2) a simplified language regime for EU patents, and (3) a unified patent court for hearing infringement disputes. This agreement comes after more than 30 years of negotiation. Although many details are unclear and much could change during implementation of the agreement, proponents of the new system believe it will bring about a reduction in administrative costs of obtaining an EU patent. Further, the agreement must still receive certain ratifications in order to go into effect (the earliest date being January 1, 2014).