Once a pipe dream, now potentially only two years from coming to fruition, the
prospects of a Single European Patent are more realistic than ever before.
The Single European Patent is essentially exactly what it says, a single patent
covering Europe. Specifically, a single patent application will confer patent
protection in 25 of the 27 member states making up the European Economic Area
(EEA). This includes the key European markets of the UK, France and Germany but
notably does not include Spain or Italy who have opted out at this time.