France,U.K. Propose Splitting EPO Management Unless Impasse Is Resolved

Law360, New York (October 17, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- France and the United Kingdom are expected to propose that the management of the European Patent Office should be split if member states again fail to decide on a consensus candidate to replace Germany's Ingo Kober when they meet later this month, the Financial Times reported.

The EPO's administrative council, made up of delegates from the 27 countries that are members of the office, has failed on two previous occasions to agree on a single candidate, according to the newspaper.

As a result,m Kober's term as...
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