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E.U. Patent Law Waiting On French Approval

Law360 (July 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has come closer to ratifying a patent rule to ease translation requirements, a move that will make the implementation of a new E.U.-wide patent system more likely.

The new rule, called the London Protocol, would cut costs in the patent application process by allowing patents to be filed in English, German or French. England, Germany, and France, the countries with the highest volume of patents, must ratify the proposal if it is to be implemented. The Commission is waiting on France.

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