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European Commission Proposes IP Court

Law360 (February 2, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that could streamline European patent and trademark litigation, the European Commission has formally proposed establishing a new Europe-wide intellectual property court in Luxembourg.

The new judicial body, operating under the auspices of the European Court of Justice, would assist with patent and trademark disputes on points of E.U. law.

The proposal would require approval by by E.U. governments before the project can begin, a process that could take several months.

Under the proposal, the ECJ would get judicial protection over E.U. patents, in...
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