The Counsel of Ministers of the European Communities intend to bring patent reforms forward

The Counsel of Ministers accepted on December 4, 2009 a regulation regarding the community patent which now will be discussed in the European Parliament. According to this regulation the grant of the patent for an invention shall have immediately effect for the whole European Community. Furthermore, the Counsel of Ministers proposed the installation of a European Patent Court. This European Patent Court shall be based on the national court structures. One Appeal Court shall ensure the uniformity in the application of the law.