On 19 November the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee reached a tentative agreement on the proposed creation of the unitary EU patent and Unified Patent Court. The final vote by the European Parliament on the legislation laying the groundwork for this new legal system is to be held on 11 December.
Spain and Italy are not taking part in this EU initiative, claiming that it discriminates against their languages. Also on 11 December the Advocate General is to make public his opinion in the appeals lodged by Spain and Italy against Council Decision of 10 March 2011 authorising enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection.
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