The IT industry has welcomed the European Commission's decision to move toward a formal central patent system.
The European Commission has formally proposed unitary patent protection for 12 member states.
Tom Wills-Sandford, deputy director general of IT body Intellect, said he supported the announcement. "The more member states - in addition to the 12 - that join, the more effective it will become," he said.
Simon Stokes, partner at Commercial IP and IT Team at law firm Blake Lapthorn, agreed. Any steps that can be taken to reduce the cost and simplify the process to secure patents in Europe should be welcomed by the it industry, Stokes said.
Spain and Italy have objected to the plans because of their concerns over the language regime of the proposed patent system.