Community patent close to breakdown
Discussions to reach a final agreement on a single European patent have collapsed again, pushing the 30-year old project to the brink of ruin
Discussions to reach a final agreement on a single European
patent have collapsed again, pushing the 30-year old project to
the brink of ruin.
In a meeting on May 17 and 18 which many had hoped would
finally bring some progress on the long-awaited Community
patent, trade ministers of the 25 EU member states failed to
agree on a compromise put forward by the Irish presidency.
After its meeting, the Council of Ministers announced that
the "necessary unanimity could not be found in support of the
Presidency's compromise proposal".
The European Commission, which under the Greek EU presidency
had worked towards a breakthrough by all member states in a
Council meeting in March 2003, voiced...
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