InternationalUSRemember you can easily switch between MIP US and MIP International at any time

Translation breakthrough for Community patent

James Nurton, London


Proposals for a European Community patent could be agreed by the end of this year, if member states approve the latest plans on translation requirements being drafted by EU officials

At the EU Competitiveness Council meeting on May 29 and 30, ministers will discuss a substantive progress report on technical issues prepared by the Commission.

Previous attempts to launch a Community patent, which would provide one unitary right covering all EU member states, have failed due to concerns about language, cost and court proceedings.

The main stumbling block has been the conflict between making patents available in all EU languages (23 at present) and keeping the costs to applicants down.

The latest plans propose to resolve that problem by using machine translations, which are already available for German, Spanish and French at the European Patent Office.

The plans have been discussed at meetings of the EU Council’s working party on intellectual property (patents) under the Slovenian Presidency, which runs during the first six months of this year. The most recent meetings were held on April 2 and April 8.


Please log in to read the rest of this article.

New to Managing Intellectual Property? Take advantage of one week’s FREE access and become a Managing IP member today. It’s free to join and the benefits start straight away.

Already registered?

Please make sure you log in to read the rest of the article.

Log in

Join us now

Gain 7 days FREE access when you register now.

Join here

profile

Managing IP

ManagingIP

ManagingIP profile

The IP of wearable technology: "incredibly cool!" - Keo Shaw & Sabrina Tozzi at @bakermckenzie seminar in London http://t.co/J9msIOpdY5

Jul 1 2015 10:55 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Ben Allgrove predicts changes to portability as result of #DigitalSingleMarket at @bakermckenzie IP seminar http://t.co/CXA3KSF6tZ

Jul 1 2015 09:06 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Just been interviewing Fred Reinhart, president of @AUTM_Network V interesting chat about open innovation - will be on the site next week

Jun 30 2015 05:05 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


INTA Daily News 2015

Read this year's INTA Daily News - published daily by Managing IP direct from the INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego


June 2015

The fine line between abuse and fair use at the PTAB

Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has outraged the pharma and biotech industries by seeking to invalidate their patents at the PTAB, with some observers linking his attacks to short-selling of company stocks. Michael Loney reports on a controversy that goes to the heart of the US patent system



Most read articles

Supplements