Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber), 16 April 2013

Kingdom of Spain and Italian Republic v Council of the European Union

Unitary patent — Decision authorising enhanced cooperation under Article 329(1) TFEU — Actions for annulment on grounds of lack of competence, misuse of powers and infringement of the Treaties — Conditions laid down in Article 20 TEU and in Articles 326 TFEU and 327 TFEU — Non-exclusive competence — Decision adopted ‘as a last resort’ — Preserving the interests of the Union

Joined Cases C‑274/11 and C‑295/11


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
24/05/2013 Spain and Italy v Council
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2013:240
16/04/2013 Spain and Italy v Council
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2013:240
16/04/2013 Spain and Italy v Council
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2012:782
11/12/2012 Spain and Italy v Council
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2012:436
10/07/2012 Spain and Italy v Council
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2011:880
27/10/2011 Spain and Italy v Council
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2011:711
27/10/2011 Spain and Italy v Council
Application (OJ)
08/07/2011 Spain and Italy v Council
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

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

Subject-matter

Annulment of Council Decision 2011/167/EU of 10 March 2011 authorising enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection (OJ 2011 L 76, p. 53) Misuse of powers – Failure to respect the judicial system of the European Union

Systematic classification scheme

1.
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.01 Conferring of powers
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.07 Enhanced cooperation
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.06 Unitary patent
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.05 Categories of competence
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.07 Enhanced cooperation
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.06 Unitary patent
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.07 Enhanced cooperation
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.06 Statement of reasons
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.05 Categories of competence
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.07 Enhanced cooperation
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.05 Categories of competence
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.06 Unitary patent


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 30/05/2011

Date of the Opinion

  • 11/12/2012

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

16/04/2013


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Applications: OJ C 219 from 23.07.2011, p.12 ; OJ C 232 from 06.08.2011, p.21

Judgment: OJ C 164 from 08.06.2013, p.3

Name of the parties

Spain and Italy v Council

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Zeitzmann, Sebastian: Patentrecht: Ermächtigung zur Verstärkten Zusammenarbeit, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2013 p.479-480 (DE)
  2. Bellezza, Marco: Cooperazione rafforzata in materia di brevetto europeo ad effetto unitario, Giurisprudenza italiana 2013 p.1006-1007 (IT)
  3. Simon, Denys: Coopérations renforcées, Europe 2013 Juin Comm. nº 252 p.13-14 (FR)
  4. Blumenröder, Ulrich ; Peto, Julia: The First Decision on the Unitary Patent: the Court Dismissed the Actions of Spain and Italy, European Law Reporter 2013 p.110-117 (EN)
  5. Speyart, H.M.H.: Is er nu eindelijk een Unieoctrooi-pardon: "Europees octrooi met eenheidswerking"?, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2013 p.135-144 (NL)
  6. Dumitraşcu, Augustina: Curtea de Justiție a Uniunii Europene. Hotărârea Curţii de Justiţie Europene din 16 apriliie 2013, cauzele nr. C-274/11 și C-295/11, Curierul Judiciar 2013 p.415-416 (RO)
  7. Rokicka, Karolina: ERA-Forum : scripta iuris europaei 2013 p.440-443 (EN)
  8. Guillard, Christine: Le rejet des recours contre la décision autorisant une coopération renforcée dans le domaine du brevet unitaire : une clarification de la signification des coopérations renforcées, Revue des affaires européennes 2013 p.355+-374 (FR)
  9. Lamping, Matthias: Enhanced Cooperation in the Area of Unitary Patent Protection: Testing the Boundaries of the Rule of Law, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 2013 p.589-600 (EN)
  10. Rugge, Giacomo: Marchi, brevetto, diritto d'autore (brevetto unitario - cooperazione rafforzata), Rivista italiana di diritto pubblico comunitario 2013 p.1168-1170 (IT)
  11. González Saquero, Pablo: Jurisprudencia – Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea, Revista española de Derecho Europeo 2013 nº 47 p.193-230 (ES)
  12. Vatovec, Katarina: Mehanizem okrepljenega sodelovanja pod drobnogledom Sodišča EU, Pravna praksa 2013 nº 20 p.23-24 (SL)
  13. Pistoia, Emanuela: Enhanced cooperation as a tool to ... enhance integration? Spain and Italy v. Council, Common Market Law Review 2014 p.247-260 (EN)
  14. Eduard, Pavel Sorin: Evropska unija: Enotni patentni sistem, Mednarodno poslovno pravo 2014 nº 268 p.10-12 (SL)
  15. Zlatović, Dragan: Novine u europskom patentnom pravu, Hrvatska pravna revija 2015 n° 9 p.32-39 (HR)



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
  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Bot

Language(s) of the Case

  • Spanish, Italian

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French