Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blow to centralized EU patent?

Reuters/IDG notes

The European Court of Justice looks set to derail plans for a common patent system across the European Union. The court's Advocate General believes that a centralized patent is "incompatible with the treaties" that created the E.U., according to a leaked document.

A problem is language, with the English/German/French approach not looking good to speakers of other languages.
Nuala Moran notes:

The European Court of Justice is not bound to accept the Advocate General’s opinion. But even if it does not, this is yet another obstacle to be overcome in the process of setting up the European Patents Court, and by extension, the single EU patent. The Advocate General’s opinion will be seized on by countries including Spain, Italy and Poland, which are against the three languages proposal.


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