Rulings Highlight Community Patent Rift

Law360, New York (July 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- National courts should have exclusive rights to decide on patent infringement, a European court ruled in two cases that throw a spotlight on the long-running controversy over whether Europe should streamline its national patent systems.

In both rulings, which came down Thursday, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice ruled that cross-border injunctions should not be granted in patent infringement cases.

In one case, Drs. Frederick Primus and Milton Goldenberg filed a suit in the Netherlands against Roche Nederland BV, a company established in the Netherlands, and eight...
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