Google and Microsoft Express Concerns About the Draft Rules for the New EU Patent Court

By Min Wu

European Union in February approved plans to set up the first patent court, paving the way for a unified patent system and reducing the costs for patent applications. As Bloomberg Law reported, Google, Microsoft and at least 12 other companies sent a letter to EU institutions expressing concerns about the draft rules that will guide the operation of the new patent court.

The companies appreciated EU’s effort to establish a unified patent system, but warned that the draft rule might create significant opportunities for abuse. Among their concerns is that the rule is not clear enough on when or how a patent’s validity will be determined.

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