European Ministers Seek Compromise Over Common Patent Regime

Law360, New York (March 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- European Union industry ministers are once again trying to hammer out a deal over a common European patent regime, a goal that has evaded the community for three decades amid political and bureaucratic bickering.

In a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Irish diplomats will push for a compromise over a language controversy that has held back talks in recent months.

However, observers are not expecting a positive outcome from Thursday’s meeting. Business executives and industry trade groups have been disappointed with the E.U.’s failure to break the...
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