29 June 2012
After more than 30 years of protracted negotiations the EU has reached a decision today on a new, central Unified Patent Court. Paris will host the court’s central division, while there will also be complementary units in London and Munich.
Today’s decision marks the final milestone in the long journey towards turning the vision of a unitary patent protection system within the EU into reality.
“Awapatent and our colleagues in the industry welcome the prospect of a central Unified Patent Court offering unitary patent protection in Europe after so many years,” says Magnus Hallin, CEO of Awapatent.
“A Unified Patent Court creates a more consistent, quicker and more cost-effective system for resolving patent disputes in the EU,” Magnus Hallin says.
“One possible drawback for Sweden and our Nordic neighbours is that, as a result of this change, the focus will shift even more firmly to the major EU nations. In order to maintain our competitiveness, it is crucial to retain the best patent expertise here in Scandinavia, as innovations and patents acquire ever greater importance in the knowledge society.”
For further information, please contact:
• Magnus Hallin, CEO, Awapatent AB, tel. +46 (0)70-943 78 22, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Birgitta von Friesendorff, Communications Manager, Awapatent AB, tel. +46 (0)706-38 91 96, email@example.com
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Awapatent is one of Europe’s leading consulting companies in intellectual property rights. We use our legal and technical expertise to help our clients turn their ideas and innovations into business opportunities.
We possess extensive skills in issues relating to patents, design protection, trademark protection, marketing law, disputes, contracts and risk analyses. Our clients are innovation-intensive companies worldwide and include owners of many of the world’s most valuable brands and patent portfolios.
Awapatent was founded in 1897 and has 300 employees at thirteen offices in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. In 2011 the turnover was SEK 521 million (€ 59.5 million).