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.”...


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

Netherlands: Failure to pay fee appreciated, patent right restored (sponsored) http://t.co/upiAmkzGEY

Jul 30 2014 10:25 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Germany: CJEU addresses inactivity of trademark owners (sponsored) http://t.co/rnQ8wmwcah

Jul 30 2014 08:30 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

RT @abelimray: US musicians group suing car makers over in-car systems which "rip" CDs to hard drive http://t.co/6FBpqH0xWX

Jul 30 2014 08:27 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


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



July/August 2014

IP’s most influential people 2014

The 50 people in social media, advocacy and debate influencing IP policy



Most read articles

Supplements