Chapter 1: Introduction to Judicial Coherence in the European Patent System
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Since the creation of the European patent system in the 1970s, several attempts have been made to improve the coherent interpretation of the law by its various actors. The most recent of these attempts is the so-called Unitary Patent Package which aims, inter alia, to establish a centralised and highly specialised patent court. Notwithstanding its goal to improve the consistent interpretation of patent law, the Package entails several challenges to judicial coherence. Chapter 1 sets the scene for the analysis of these challenges and explains the importance of discussing judicial coherence in the European patent system. Moreover, it is in the first chapter that the aims and methodology employed for this book are explained.

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