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EU governments plan to press ahead on a single patent without agreement of all member states – a sign of things to come? One result of Europe’s economic crisis is the newfound willingness to abandon the softly-softly approach to consensus decision making. A microcosm of this phenomenon can be seen in efforts to agree a… » read more

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They bottled it: EU leaders were due to talk about ways to improve Europe’s hotpotch intellectual property regime on Friday but thought better of it. The item was put on the afternoon agenda because industry ministers had decided before Christmas on the way forward. The trouble was that their plan for ‘enhanced cooperation’ means most… » read more

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Patent disaster

I despair. After decades of promising to fix Europe’s broken patent system, it seemed like a breakthrough was on the horizon. Political momentum was gathering. The Belgian Presidency, experienced in navigating legal and linguistic problems, promised to make it a priority. The European Commission says an affordable, streamlined patent regime is fundamental to long-term prosperity.… » read more

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Patent reform shelved pending European Cout of Justice decision European member states have found a new excuse for their failure to agree on the community patent system which all are agreed is essential to the much-vaunted “knowledge economy”: the positive move to introduce a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) requires the opinion of the European… » read more

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