'EU governments risk delaying the European patent' warns rapporteur Rapkay
"The EU governments' last-minute hesitations on a European unitary patent are posing a serious threat to its long-awaited introduction", warned the European Parliament rapporteur Bernhard Rapkay MEP in a meeting with the Cypriot Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, today in Brussels.
S&D vice-president Bernhard Rapkay MEP explained:
"We are just one inch from our goal. The sudden request of the EU Council to negotiate a new deal is totally irresponsible as it risks jeopardizing the agreement we had already reached and delaying the European patent even longer. "
"After more than 10 years of intense negotiation, last December the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU governments eventually managed to sign a deal on an EU unitary patent. "
"That agreement finally allowed for the delivery of stronger and wider patent protection for European inventors and businesses by the end of this year, making their lives and work much easier with an incredible reduction of bureaucracy."
"The EU patent is a key tool to boost growth and innovation in Europe. There is no time for hesitations and second-thoughts. It is time to act and go ahead with the decisions taken."