Bitter Disappointment As E.U. Patent Talks Fail Again

Law360, New York (March 11, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- European Union industry ministers failed to broker a deal on a common patent regime on Thursday, leaving the thirty-year project in limbo once again.

Talks failed as Spain and Germany remained split over the legal status of possible incorrect translations. Spain wants more legal recognition to be given to wrongly translated documents than Germany will accept, according to sources close to the negotiations.

Bitterly disappointed industry groups and Brussels bureaucrats said the protracted negotiations over a common patent system for the European Union underscore everything that...
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