EU Council Approves Patent Reform Package

Law360, New York (December 4, 2009, 6:02 PM EST) -- The European Council unanimously adopted a legislative package Friday designed to create a single European Union patent and patent court, marking a breakthrough in the long-running efforts to reform the patent system for the 27-member bloc.

The deal lays out the main aspects for a unified EU patent court that would place disputes before judges with "the highest level of legal and technical expertise in patents," the council said.

The agreement will also save on legal costs for inventors and companies seeking to protect their intellectual...
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