In 2014 any inventor will be able to apply to the European Patent Organisation (EPO, a non-EU body) for an EU unitary patent valid in all 25 EU member states taking part.
Patents will be made available in English, French and German. How predictably Spain and Italy have chosen to remain outside the new system by linguistics differences.
The new regime will cut the cost of an EU patent by up to 80%, turning it more competitive like the regimens of US and Japan.
In this press release: Parliament approves EU unitary patent rules, by the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the main features of unitary patent are shown. In our opinion noteworthy are the views expressed in the debate that preceded the vote of some Spanish MEPs and points related with entry into force.