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European Patent Court Likely To Debut In 2008

Law360 (October 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The head of Europe’s patent office believes that a new single European patent court could be up and running by the middle of 2008.

On Wednesday, Alain Pompidou, president of the European Patent Office, indicated to reporters at a Lisbon conference that a consolidated court approaches.

"Such a court is the obvious missing element in the present system," he said, according to Reuters. "I would aim for the [court] to be up and running by the second semester of 2008."

In September, E.U. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy...
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