Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 5 May 2015

Kingdom of Spain v Council of the European Union

Action for annulment — Implementing enhanced cooperation — Unitary patent — Regulation (EU) No 1260/2012 — Provisions concerning translation — Principle of non-discrimination — Article 291 TFEU — Delegation of powers to bodies outside the European Union — Second paragraph of Article 118 TFEU — Legal basis — Principle of autonomy of EU law

Case C-147/13


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
12/06/2015 Spain v Council
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2015:299
05/05/2015 Spain v Council
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2015:299
05/05/2015 Spain v Council
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2014:2381
18/11/2014 Spain v Council
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
31/05/2013 Spain v Council
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Annulment of Regulation No 1260/2012 of 17 December 2012 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements (OJ 2012 L 361, p. 89) – Infringement of the principle of non-discrimination – Lack of legal basis – Infringement of the principle of legal certainty – Infringement of the principle of autonomy

Systematic classification scheme

1.
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.01 Sources of EU law
    1.01.02 General principles of law
      1.01.02.06 Principle of proportionality
7 General and final provisions
  7.05 Language arrangements
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.01 Sources of EU law
    1.01.02 General principles of law
      1.01.02.06 Principle of proportionality
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.06 Unitary patent
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.01 Adoption procedures
      2.05.01.03 Non-legislative acts
        2.05.01.03.01 Delegation
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.00 General
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.01 Sources of EU law
    1.01.02 General principles of law
      1.01.02.04 Legal certainty
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.06 Unitary patent
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.02 Regulations
      2.05.02.02 Direct applicability


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 22 : paragraph 42
  • TFEU, Article 118 -L2 : paragraphs 72, 74
  • TFEU, Article 288 -L2 : paragraph 94
  • TEU, Article 3 -P3L4 : paragraph 42
  • Regulation 1257/2012 : paragraphs 34, 39, 61, 81
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A01P2 : paragraph 58
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A02LE : paragraph 83
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A03P1 : paragraph 83
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A06 : paragraph 60
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09 : paragraphs 57, 82
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1 : paragraph 84
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1LD : paragraph 60
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1LF : paragraph 60
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P2 : paragraph 84
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -C24 : paragraph 95
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -C25 : paragraph 95
  • Regulation 1260/2012 : paragraph 1
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A01 : paragraph 69
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A02LB : paragraph 82
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03 : paragraph 73
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03P1 : paragraphs 32, 70
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03P2 : paragraph 82
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A04 : paragraphs 46, 73, 74, 85
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A05 : paragraphs 44, 56, 57, 60
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A06 : paragraphs 45, 60, 73
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A06P2 : paragraphs 56, 57
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A07P2 : paragraph 93
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C4 : paragraph 34
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C5 : paragraph 34
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C9 : paragraph 86
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C16 : paragraphs 34, 69
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -9/56 : paragraphs 21, 49, 51, 54, 56, 63
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -31/78 -N32 : paragraph 94
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -98/80 : paragraphs 49, 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -44/98 -N18 : paragraph 35
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 : paragraph 41
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 -N82 : paragraph 31
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -301/02 : paragraphs 49, 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -410/09 -N38 : paragraph 31
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -81/10 -N100 : paragraph 79
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -566/10 -N93 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -606/10 -N72 : paragraph 94
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -643/11 -N51 : paragraph 79
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -377/12 -N34 : paragraph 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -81/13 -N35 : paragraph 68

Operative part

  • Confirms : Regulation 1260/2012

Opinion

  • TFEU, Article 118 -L2 : points 30, 84, 87
  • Regulation 40/94 : point 33
  • Decision 2011/167 : point 2
  • Regulation 1257/2012 : points 3, 103, 120
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A02LE : point 108
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A06P2 : point 129
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1LD : point 129
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1LG : point 104
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P1LH : point 105
  • Regulation 1257/2012 -A09P2 : point 110
  • Regulation 1260/2012 : points 1, 14 - 132
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03 : point 8
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03P1 : point 38
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A03P2 : point 104
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A04 : point 128
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A04P1 : points 66, 68, 89
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A04P2 : points 67, 89
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A04P4 : points 89, 116
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A05 : points 109, 111, 128
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A06P3 : point 35
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A07 : point 8
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -A07P2 : point 129
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C4 : point 44
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C5 : points 6, 44
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C6 : point 6
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C8 : points 66, 67
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C9 : point 68
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C10 : point 114
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C15 : points 7, 31
  • Regulation 1260/2012 -C16 : point 88
  • Agreement between Member States - 42013A0620(01) : points 3, 119
  • Commission - COM Document (Other than Draft Legislation) - 52010DC2020 : point 43
  • Commission - COM Document (Draft Legislation) - 52010PC0350 : point 42
  • Commission - COM Document (Draft Legislation) - 52011PC0216 : point 41
  • Commission - SEC Document - 52011SC0482 : point 42
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -9/56 : points 15, 76
  • General Court - Judgment T -120/99 -N63 : point 51
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 : points 18, 33, 61
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 -N88 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 -N92 : point 63
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -361/01 -N94 : point 40
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -160/03 -N42 : point 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -160/03 : point 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -130/10 -N43 : point 83
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -274/11 : point 2
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -431/11 -N44 : point 86
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -643/11 -N51 : point 100
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -427/12 -N16 : point 127


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 22/03/2013

Date of the Opinion

  • 18/11/2014

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

05/05/2015


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 213 from 29.06.2015, p.5

Application: OJ C 171 from 15.06.2013, p.16

Name of the parties

Spain v Council

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Beetz, Rainer: Das Einheitspatent rückt näher, Ecolex 2015 p.489-491 (DE)
  2. Tilmann, Winfried: Possible Impact of the Unitary Patent Regulation and the Unified Patent Court Agreement on Poland, European Intellectual Property Review 2015 p.545-548 (EN)
  3. Berlin, Dominique: Coopération renforcée, cohérence exigée, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2015 nº 21 p.994 (FR)
  4. Haberl, Andreas ; Schallmoser, Konstantin: EU-Patent nimmt letzte juristische Hürde – EuGH weist Klagen Spaniens ab, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht PRAX 2015 p.221-222 (DE)
  5. Simon, Denys: Coopérations renforcées, Europe 2015 Juillet Comm. nº 7 p.13-14 (FR)
  6. Zlatović, Dragan: Novine u europskom patentnom pravu, Hrvatska pravna revija 2015 n° 9 p.32-39 (HR)
  7. Zlatović, Dragan: REFLEKSIJE SUVREMENOG EUROPSKOG PATENTNOG PRAVA NA RADNOPRAVNI POLOŽAJ IZUMITELJA, Radno pravo 2015 n° 12 p.19-30 (HR)
  8. Nowicka, Aurelia ; Skubisz, Ryszard: Stanowisko Trybunału Sprawiedliwości w sprawie jednolitego patentu europejskiego (uwagi krytyczne), Państwo i Prawo 2015 Vol. 11 p.19-40 (PL)
  9. Jaeger, Thomas: Nach l‘Europe à la carte nun la loi européenne à la carte? Zur Erlaubnis der Umgehung der Unionsmethode nach dem Urteil in Rs. C-146/13 u. a., Europarecht 2015 Heft 4 p.461-476 (DE)
  10. Pistoia, Emanuela: Outsourcing EU law while differentiating European integration - the unitary patent's identity in the two "Spanish rulings" of 5 May 2015, European Law Review 2016 p.711-726 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Closer cooperation
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Patents

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Bot

Language(s) of the Case

  • Spanish

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French