EU Committee Gives Political Orientation With Regard to Belgian Presidency's Proposal for EU Patent Language Regime (updated)

Blessing Madonna, stained glass window in Strasbourg Cathedral featuring the twelve EU stars. As reported earlier, the Belgian EU Presidency put a non-paper on the table at the informal Competitiveness Council of 29 September 2010 to seeks a break-trough in the negotiations for the EU patent and the unified European Patent Court (EEUPC). Therein it has been suggested that English French and German would remain the official languages for filing EU patents, while English would be the only language into which patents are translated, however, only for a transitional period until the performances of translation machines have reached a sufficient level.

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet today and tomorrow in Luxembourg to, inter alia, discuss the EU Commission's proposal on translation arrangements.

Now it has been reported on Document 14377/10 of the Committee of Permanent Representatives' meeting of 6 October 2010 related to the compromise suggested by the Belgian EU Presidency. The document tells us that at the informal Council of 29 September 2010 "almost all delegations expressed the need of finding a solution for the translation arrangements for the EU patent in short term, preferably during the Belgian presidency" and that "a large majority of the delegations made clear that this solution would need to respect certain red lines, namely that significant additional costs resulting from additional translations and legal insecurity resulting from giving legal effect to translations would not be accepted.

Document 14377/10 aims at giving a "political orientation" by the Permanent Representatives Committee on the compromise text by the Belgian Presidency in that

the Council is invited to agree on the elements for a political orientation concerning the draft Council Regulation on the translation arrangements for the European Union patent as set out in the Annex to this note ...
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