The EPO claims on its EPLA website that "the savings in litigation costs would benefit all patent holders across Europe" in the case of the EPLA.
As the EPO uses to defend their customers, the information webpage about the EPLA is not very complete, and only mentions the possible advantages of the central court.
EPO webpage especially misses the following points:
- Does the EPLA central court system would render the cost of litigation higher or lower for SMEs, in the case where they are accused of patent infringement?
This question is especially relevant for SMEs on the 12 new member states, where the cost of litigation would go to the roof in the case of signature of the EPLA.