European Patent Office and European Commission sign working arrangement to promote Unitary Patent system

The European Patent Office and European Commission signed an agreement to enhance the Unitary Patent system, promoting its use through cooperation, data sharing, and regular meetings.

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), and the European Commissioner for Internal Market, have signed a working arrangement in accordance with the EU Regulation 1257/2012, Article 14, on European patents with unitary effect.

The arrangement is designed to foster cooperation and exchange of views between the two institutions to maximise the benefits of the Unitary Patent system and promote its widespread use.

The arrangement includes a provision for the EPO and European Commission to share relevant data and information, including insights from surveys and case studies concerning the promotion and use of the Unitary Patent, and to conduct regular meetings to facilitate and support their cooperation activities.