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Parliamentary questions
17 April 2014
E-005062-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

 Subject:  A European Unified Patent Court faced with a twin-track court system
 Answer(s) 

A working group consisting of representatives of the Member States is currently examining the draft regulation of the Unified Patent Court. The 15th draft regulation allows a twin-track procedure in two independently competent courts, one which rules on questions relating to the validity of a patent, the other on questions of breach. This introduces a considerable risk, namely that the Court determining a breach could issue an injunction excluding products from the market before the court with competence over validity has established that the patent is valid, thus penalising European companies even though their behaviour is entirely lawful.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General for Competition is concerned about abuses of a dominant position by companies which have sought to abuse their patent rights.

Does the Commission agree with injunctions that should not be applied on invalid patents?

Original language of question: FROJ C 405, 14/11/2014
Last updated: 5 May 2014Legal notice