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European unitary patent

Published on June 1, 2012
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman

Paris, May 31, 2012

Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, emphasized to the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on the afternoon of 30 May that France is committed to the creation of an EU unitary patent.

The aim of such a measure – eagerly awaited by industry – is to promote innovation in Europe, an essential factor for the EU’s growth and competitiveness. It will enable companies to gain protection for their inventions on EU territory much more simply and at a significantly lower cost than at present.

The ministers were asked to speak at the Council about the plan to create a unified court with the jurisdiction to issue rulings at European level on patent litigation. The negotiations again hit a stumbling-block on the choice of location for the jurisdiction’s central division, with Germany and the United Kingdom reiterating their opposition to the Polish presidency’s December 2011 compromise, supported by 23 member states, which envisages the headquarters being located in the city of Paris.

For his part, the Minister Delegate for European Affairs firmly reiterated France’s commitment to Paris’s candidature, which offers a balanced, legitimate solution in line with the EU’s interests.

According to the Danish presidency, the matter should be referred to the heads of state and government at the European Council on 28 and 29 June./.

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