The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice pleads to the action of Spain against the Unitary Patent package

On November 18, 2014 the Advocate General suggested in his pleading before the European Court of Justice that the action of Spain concerning the EU-Regulation 1257/2012 (C-146/13 and C-147/13) concerning the Unitary Patent package should be rejected. The action of Spain was primarily motivated by the fact that the Unitary Patent system leads to protection in Spain without the patents being translated into the Spanish language. The Advocate General reasoned that the Unitary Patent package is justified under the idea of an enhanced cooperation between EU member states. Of course, the European Court of Justice is not bound in any way by the reasons set up on the Advocate General’s pleading.