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Ireland Warns Of Need For Political Breakthrough On E.U. Patent

Law360 (February 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has warned that the European patent may never be realized, unless there is a breakthrough during the Irish Presidency of the European Union.

The Irish Presidency will focus on resolving the Community Patent deadlock, Mary Harney said at a press conference in Berlin.

“Reaching a political agreement after 14 years of negotiations would give a new and welcome impetus to research and innovation in the EU,” she noted. "But we need a patent that is usable and affordable. Having...
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