According to latest rumors, the new patenting system in Europe (introduction of the Unitary Patent based on EU Regulations No. 1257/2012 (UPR) and No. 1260/2012 (UPTR) will start in 2017.
One key aspect for the success of the new system relates to the patenting costs compared to the current European patenting system. Until today, the amount of the renewal fees for the Unitary Patent has not been announced. The industry is very critical on high fees, as it does not want to subsidize countries with small markets where patent protection is not attractive. Moreover, Spain and Italy will not be part of the new UP and additional patent protection will be necessary in these countries.