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EPO Draft Rules relating to Unitary Patent Protection

30/09/2013

The European Patent Office has circulated a draft set of rules relating to administration of the Unitary Patent. Of particular interest is the curious proposal at draft Rule 13(1)(i) that the register for unitary patent protection at the EPO shall include details of licensing commitments of the proprietor in international standardisation bodies. If implemented, this would mark a significant difference between the UP and other EP patents and impose a significant administrative burden for proprietors.

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