Following the rejection by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) of Spain’s legal challenges to the Unified Patent Package (as previously discussed here), the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (the “Ministry”) has released a statement confirming that it supports the unitary patent.

The statement, published on the Ministry’s website, begins by declaring that the unified patent is a priority for the Ministry. Italy had previously challenged, along with Spain, the decision of the Council of the European Union in relation to the enhanced co-operation regime, a challenge which was rejected by the CJEU in 2013.

Italy has signed the Unified Patent Court Agreement (the “Agreement”) but has not yet ratified it. Thirteen member states (including Germany, France and the United Kingdom) are required to ratify the Agreement before it can come into force.