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EU patent scrapped

James Nurton, London


European ministers fell just short of unanimity on a plan to create an EU patent this evening, effectively killing the decades-old project

Speaking after negotiations of the Competitiveness Council, which went on long into the evening, Belgium's enterprise minister Vincent Van Quickenborne said 26 of the 27 EU member states were in “negotiating mode” but one national delegation “didn't have the mandate...


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