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Parliamentary questions
16 December 2011
E-011932/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Matteo Salvini (EFD) , Mario Pirillo (S&D) , Fiorello Provera (EFD) , Crescenzio Rivellini (PPE) , Giancarlo Scottà (EFD) , Claudio Morganti (EFD) , Clemente Mastella (PPE) , Elisabetta Gardini (PPE) , Lorenzo Fontana (EFD) , Aldo Patriciello (PPE) , Andrea Zanoni (ALDE) , Mario Borghezio (EFD) , Mara Bizzotto (EFD) and Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject: Milan as a possible seat for the European patent court
 Answer(s) 

The EU is to take a decision by 2015 on which Member State will host the European unified patent court of first instance.

The Commission has put forward a proposal for a regulation providing that the procedure for filing patents is to be conducted in three languages (English, French and German), in response to which the Italian and Spanish governments have brought an action before the Court of Justice.

Patents make a major contribution to a country’s economic development, and not being involved in the project would deny Italy the chance of ending its status as the only founding Member State not to host a major EU institution.

Would the Commission not agree that, as this action before the Court of Justice will be withdrawn, Milan should be considered as a possible seat for the European patent court?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 180 E, 21/06/2012
Last updated: 12 January 2012Legal notice