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Verheugen adds to Community patent momentum

James Nurton, Ljubljana

Patent protection in Europe is “cumbersome and costly” and there is an “urgent need” for both a Community patent and a solution to pan-European litigation, according to European Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen

His comments, made in a speech today at the European Patent Forum 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, are the latest sign that momentum is building towards a Europe-wide agreement on patent reform.

Verheugen said that, following the introduction of the London Agreement, there were “promising signals” that a deal could be done during the lifetime of this Commission – that is, within the next 18 months.

But he added: “I’m not happy with the progress – it’s still too slow.”...

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