Patentholders to get EU cover

Officials working for the European Commission are developing a proposal for a patent insurance scheme covering the EU, which would be designed to protect smaller patentholders lacking the resources and expertise to mount a legal challenge in cases of infringement abroad.

The idea was developed by the Danish government, which holds the EU presidency, and discussed by patent lawyers at a conference in Denmark this week. They agreed that action was needed, although no specific scheme was endorsed.