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  • EU agreement held up over seat of court

    December 06, 2011

    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

  • Judges’ concerns cast doubt on unitary patent

    November 10, 2011

    A group of 27 European judges has unanimously voiced concern over the inclusion of provisions on substantive patent law in the proposal for an EU unitary patent

  • As deadline looms, concerns over EU litigation narrow

    October 20, 2011

    EU member states have set a deadline of the end of this year for political agreement on a unified litigation system. But patent practitioners are increasingly worried about the details of the proposals

  • EPO to appoint Brussels lobbyist

    September 14, 2011

    If you like the idea of navigating the choppy political waters of European policy making, the EPO might have the perfect job for you

  • Interview: Robert van Peursem, judge, The Hague

    July 11, 2011

    In an exclusive interview, Robert van Peursem – senior judge in the IP department of The Hague District Court in the Netherlands – talks to James Nurton about judicial freedom, patent reform and cowboy courts

  • Poland pushes unitary patent

    July 11, 2011

    The Polish government says it “will aim to conclude work on the creation of a unitary patent system” during its EU presidency

  • EU members agree unitary patent regulations

    June 27, 2011

    An EU unitary patent could exist within two years, after member states today agreed two regulations implementing enhanced cooperation

  • Court deals blow to EU patent court

    March 08, 2011

    The proposed single European patent court is not compatible with the EU treaties, the Court of Justice in Luxembourg said today

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