EU Fails To Pass Universal Patent System

Law360, New York (November 12, 2010, 4:31 PM EST) -- European Council ministers have failed to reach an agreement on a unified patent system for the European Union, prolonging the bloc's 30-year struggle to establish a universal patent.

Ministers from the EU's 27 member states could not reach the unanimous approval needed to enact the system at the meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, EU Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said, calling the failure one that would have “serious consequences.”

“The absence of a European patent hinders our competitiveness, hinders European innovation, research and development,”...
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