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  • Marc MimlerEmail author
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Abstract

Patent law has a profound effect on the status of inventors. Patents grant their right holders with a bundle of rights which fundamentally shape the status of inventors. EU law has had lesser impact on patent law compared to other fields of intellectual property (IP). There are no unitary patent rights within the EU as in trade marks and designs but the Unitary Patent Package (UPP) launched in 2012 aims at creating so-called patents with unitary effect and the creation of a Unified Patent court. Areas where EU law has had effect on the status of inventors are limited to issues, such as biotechnological inventions, the enforcement of patent rights and the creation of supplementary protection measures. In addition, the EU has recently been active in the field of trade secrets which has ramifications for inventors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM)Bournemouth UniversityPooleUK

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