Patent attorneys, case C-131/01

February 25th, 2006, Tomasz Rychlicki

The Court of Justice of the EU (Sixth Chamber) in its judgment of 13 February 2003 Case C-131/01 Commission of the European Communities v. Italian Republic, declared that by retaining rules requiring patent agents established in other Member States to be enrolled on the Italian register of patent agents and to have a residence or place of business in Italy, in order to provide services before the Italian Patent Office, the Italian Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 49 EC to 55 EC.