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EU agreement held up over seat of court

James Nurton, London and Emma Barraclough, Brussels


EU ministers came close to agreeing a full package of patent reforms last night – but not close enough. The main hurdle that remains to be crossed is the location of the central division of the proposed unified patent court

Speaking late last night, after several hours of discussions, the Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, who chairs the EU Competitiveness Council, said ministers had reached agreement on the "substantive issues".

These include the fees for the court, language, financial...


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