05 July 2012

A Sort of European Agreement

It seems like decades. Finally, the members of the European Union today agreed to create a single patent system.

Intellectual Property Watch  reports that the patent system will cover 25 EU member states. Paris, Munich and London will share a unified patent court. Spain and Italy chose not to join the agreement in protest of the absence of their languages. This is a bit precious. On the other hand, the way those two countries are going at the moment...

Hopefully, this will see a reduction in the massive fees that slug patent applicants. The agreement is available here.

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