The European parliament approved the unitary patent on Tuesday 11th. 40 years of discussions, disagreements, hopes. If all countries agreed with the idea of a unitary patent they did not agree on terms.
Finally, an agreement was found, but without Italy and Spain. As a consequence, the unitary patent provides protection in 25 countries. The unitary patent is really necessary to raise competitiveness of European companies as it is reducing costs. Today, the approximate cost of a patent filed for the 27 european countries is 32 000 € compared to 1 850 € for a patent filed in the United States.