Crossik: At last an EU patent? Yes? Oui? Ja? Si?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 13 Mar 2008 19:24
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Is it surprising that Europe lags behind in competitiveness and innovation when companies continue to pay patent filing costs several times higher than for the US because the Members States can’t agree on language? SMEs are particularly penalised. [...] If agreement cannot be reached, perhaps the enhanced cooperation procedure might be used, with English as the sole language, which is acceptable to many Member States. The threat of this alternative might just be the spur to achieve an EU accord.
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