The cost of obtaining an EU-wide patent is likely to come down when the 'unitary patent package' is finalised, according to the European Commission in its recent consultation document on Crowdfunding in the EU.
In turn, this should make it easier for inventors to protect their inventions and seek funding more openly on crowdfunding sites.
But as ever with the EU, progress on implementation... seems .... quite..... s..l...o...w...
Austria broke ranks on 7 August to ratify the agreement on a unified patent court. No one else yet.