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EU ministers may approve patent system revamp

Wall Street Journal
9 November 2010

European ministers are expected to agree this week on rules that should allow innovators to submit a single pan-European Union patent, ending decades of negotiations.

Ministers for economics and enterprise will gather Wednesday in Brussels to try and reach a final compromise on the language, rules and cost of a single European patent, having agreed on how the new system would work last year. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, has proposed a system where patents are registered in English, French and German.

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