E.U. Nears Agreement on Community Patent Reform

Law360, New York (November 25, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- After decades of legislative wrangling, the European Union is nearing agreement on a proposed Regulation on the Community Patent and on a proposal for amendments to the European Patent Convention.

The Competitiveness Council is expected to finally reach a political agreement on the hot-button issue at its meeting in Brussels on 26-27 November, the Council said as it presented its agenda on Monday.

The move is supported by industry groups, which have complained that the high cost of patent applications in the E.U. compares unfavorably to...
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