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Unitary Patent Protection under Enhanced Cooperation: Is an EU patent feasible in the future?

Theben, Alexandra Dominique Danielle (2014) Unitary Patent Protection under Enhanced Cooperation: Is an EU patent feasible in the future?

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Abstract:The European patent system has recently undergone important changes. Despite common agreement on the necessity of setting up a common system of patents and a unified patent litigation system to improve to framework conditions for European businesses to innovate, it was verified in December 2010 that EU Member States were unable to reach unanimous agreement on the language arrangements applicable to the European intellectual property right to be created, that would provide uniform protection throughout the EU. The impossibility to establish unitary patent protection for the entire EU territory inclined several Member States to establish enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection, leaving Spain and Italy as the only Member States not participating. Given these developments, the research elaborates on the feasibility of a common approach in the future through the application of different theoretical paradigms to the bargaining processes within the context of European integration.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64408
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