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Spanish complaint against unitary patent dismissed

The EU Court of Justice has dismissed a case put forward by Spain questioning the single EU patent.

In early 2013, Spain asked for annulment of two of the regulations included in the unitary patent package, which was approved in December 2012 by all member states except Italy and Spain. The package of regulation would establish a unified court to deal with patent cases and a single EU patent, intended to make protection of intellectual property faster and cheaper.

In its objection, Spain questioned the legal basis of the unitary patent, the role of the European Patent Office in its administration, and the number of languages that would be used—on the basis that Spanish was not one of the official languages.

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