"Question 1 – Is the continued absence of a Community Patent damaging to European business? With 90% ‘yes’ votes, entrepreneurs clearly expressed the urgent need to reach an agreement on the Community Patent to protect their innovative products and services. The cost of getting a European patent in 6 EU countries is EUR 22,000. If this patent is extended to the 27 Member States, the costs increase to approximately EUR 82,000. In comparison, the same Community Patent would cost less than EUR 20,000 and would automatically be valid in the EU 27."