The Court of Justice rejects Spains objections against unitary patent and unified patent court

2015-05-06 - The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued its decisions on Spain's legal challenges against the unitary patent


The two decisions:


The decisions of the court do not come as a total surprise since the same court denied earlier challenges by Spain and Italy.

One of the important objections is that the Spanish language is discriminated against. The official languages of the EPO are English, German, and French. An inventor who does not master one of these languages clearly is at a disadvantage. The advocate general had acknowledged this point in its opinion.

The court is careful to avoid the word 'discriminate' but acknowledges a 'difference in treatment on the grounds of language'. Nevertheless, the court rules that this different treatment is appropriate to serve the goal of cost reduction.