""What progress on the European patent and European jurisdictions? We are a little bit stuck on that," France's economy minister, Christine Lagarde, told a patents conference. "Some member states are very keen on the issue of language. I hope progress will be made under the Czech presidency," she said. Industry officials said a draft deal was finding support. "We are very close to an agreement. Not only am I convinced the glass is half full, but it is 80 or 90 percent full. I am optimistic the coming presidency will be able to have an agreement," Benoit Battistelli, head of France's patent office INPI, told the conference."