E.U. Fails To Agree on Community Patents as Translation Requirements Cause Rift

Law360, New York (December 1, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The failure of the European Union’s Competitiveness Council to agree last week on the terms for a community-wide patent boils down to a disagreement over translation requirements, officials conceded.

The Competitiveness Council was expected to finally reach a political agreement on the hot-button issue at its meeting in Brussels on 26-27 November, after decades of legislative wrangling.

But in a terse note, the Competitiveness Council admitted its members had been able to reach a compromise on the contentious issue of translations of patent filings.

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