25 member states of the European Union have created the EU patent, which is not to be confused with the European Patent. Italy and Spain did not join the EU Patent Cooperation. An application for the EU Patent can be filed in English, German or French and the granted patent will be valid in all the states that joined the cooperation.
An application for the EU Patent cannot be submitted at present, as the regulation is not yet fully worked out. It can be launched in 2012 at the earliest and it is possible that a European Patent will be transformable into an EU Patent in the validation phase.
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