ESAB statement on the unitary patent package
30 April 2014
The EPO's Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) has issued a statement on the Unitary Patent package, based on a study commissioned to Europe Economics and a report of a two-day workshop. At its third annual meeting in February 2014, ESAB members decided for their 2014 activities programme to resume the work already engaged on the possible impact of a grace period in Europe from an economic perspective and also to study the following question: "What is the impact of the trend of increasing patent concentration (patent pools, patent funds, new patent intermediaries, acquisitions of patent portfolios) on competition and innovation policy?"
- Statement on the unitary patent (PDF, 17 KB)
- Workshop summary: unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (PDF, 2 MB)
- Economic study by Europe Economics (PDF, 2.8 MB)
- Economic and Scientific Advisory Board