EU Moves Forward With Unified Patent Court

Law360, New York (March 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has asked the European Council for permission to begin setting up a Europe-wide patent court, the commission said Tuesday.

The Commission has sent recommendations to the European Council about the shape of a proposed unified patent litigation system and asked for a mandate to negotiate with signatories to the European Patent Convention – which include non-EU states – to establish the courts.

"European businesses find the current patent litigation system complex, slow and costly,” said Charlie McCreevy, the Commission's internal market and services...
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