We reproduce here a paper from the Max-Plank Institute1, opening it to comments.
1. The Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, which has functioned as a politically and economically unbiased centre of legal competence for European intellectual property legislation ever since its foundation in 1966, is a well-recognized scientific commentator and advisor on the evolution of European patent law.
While the Commission's initial proposal for a regulation on the unitary patent gives a major role to the European Patent Office (EPO) in the granting and administration of this unitary patent, the governance of EPO has been highly criticized, included by academics, EPO staff, governmental studies, the European Parliament, or the Commission itself. This page collects evidences that EU should take advantage of the regulation on the unitary patent to address the problem of governance of the European patent system.