FT: Reform of Europe's patent system moves a step closer
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Date: 29 May 2009 10:51
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Plans have also been developed to introduce specialised patent courts, which could run on a regional basis for the first hearing of disputes, with one centralised appeal court. This, it is argued, would simplify litigation and make for more legal consistency. The Swedish EU presidency, which starts in July, is expected to pursue these proposals. Ewa Björling, trade minister, told the Financial Times she hoped to have an opinion from the ECJ within six months, so the issue could be discussed again by industry ministers in December. "This [the debate over a community patent] has been going on so long it is time to take responsibility," she said. However, although yesterday's agreement represents significant progress, there are still some issues that have yet to be decided - such as where the new patent courts should be situated. Member states are also understood to be divided about the translation compromise.
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