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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Deal brings new EU patents system closer

Currently European patents can cost ten times more than patents registered in the US because of translation costs.
A fast-track procedure is being used to make the common patent a reality, but there is still a big legal obstacle.
Italy and Spain fear discrimination because patents would be filed only in English, French or German.
The two countries have lodged a legal challenge with the EU's top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), arguing that the new enhanced co-operation procedure should not be used to bring in the patent system.
The procedure, which came in with the Lisbon Treaty, allows a group of countries to go ahead with EU legislation even when not all 27 member states agree.
It has not been used before for EU single market issues, and Italy and Spain consider its use to be illegal in an area as sensitive as patents.
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