Ireland is to hold a referendum on an EU unified patent court agreement where the people shall decide whether or not to cede judicial powers to the centralised court.
EUobserver.com / News In Brief / Ireland to hold referendum on EU patent courtany decision by Ireland to ratify the agreement would take place after other countries, including the UK, France and Germany, ratify the agreement.
Yesterday EU ministers signed the unified patent court agreement, which sets out the framework for a new centralised court to deal with European patent law. It marks a key stage in the move towards an EU-wide system for patents, a proposal that has been discussed in various forms for close to 40 years.
Referendum needed over patents - European Economic News | EU Budgets, Trends & Spending | Irish Tim - Wed, Feb 20, 2013