Harmonisation of the European patent system was singled out by the Council of Europe in 1949 as one of the three top priorities for the reconstruction of Europe at the end of WWII. The latest setback in the German Constitutional Court in case No. BvR 739/17 and the challenges posed by Brexit to the future of the Unified Patent Court are characteristic of a project whose realisation has proved stubbornly difficult for historical and structural reasons. Legal uncertainty and doubts are poised to persist even if the voting requirements for ratification in Germany are met.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||IIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law|
|Early online date||23 Jul 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jul 2020|
- Unified Patent Court, German Ratification, Brexit