The unitary patent is one of the oldest topics of discussion within the EU, starting in the early 1970s. The creation of the European Patent Office (EPO) in 1977 was a small step on the right path. However, you still had to translate the patent application into the languages of the country of interest, pay for validation and, in cases of infringement, handle the dispute in national courts.
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