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E.U. Scraps Talks On Common Patent System

Law360 (May 18, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Attempts to create a common European patent system have collapsed once again, derailed by disputes over language and liability.

In a fatal blow to the project, Germany, Spain, France and Portugal voted against a compromise put forward by Ireland, which holds the European Union presidency. Italy abstained. Unanimity was required for passage.

With yet another setback for the decades-old project, it will now be up to the European Commission to decide whether to draft a new proposal.

The failure represents a significant defeat for the Commission,...
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