Guardian: Ministers make progress along road to EU patent
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Date: 23 Nov 2007 17:45
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France and others are afraid that trying to deal with the issue of unified litigation and an EU patent at the same time would end up with everything getting bogged down again. "We first wish to have a legal system before we go for a Community patent. We think if we mix the two, we won't reach a solution," France's European Affairs Minister, Jean-Pierre Jouyet told reporters. Germany wants the issue to be dealt with in its entirety. "It should be a package. This is not the breakthrough that we want," said Joachim Wuermeling, a senior Economy Ministry official said. Germany also wants one central court to deal with claims that a patent is not valid, but some states opposed this.
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