Yet Another Approach To Reach EU Patent Compromise

As it was reported by my colleague Volker 'Falk' Metzler on his Visae Patentes Blog earlier this day, there are indications that the well-informed EurActiv network has seen a new compromise text proposed by the Belgian Presidency, which is hoped to have the potential to break the deadlock and lead to a historic deal at an extra-ordinary Competitiveness Council to be held on November 10, 2010 (i.e. tomorrow).

Just today Document 15395/10 dated November 08, 2010, has surfaced, confirming those reports. It is authored by the present Belgian EU Presidency and titled Proposal for a Council Regulation on the translation arrangements for the European Union patent - Political orientation.

For those who need a concise presentation of the timeline of the planned EU Patent, the first section of that Document 15395/10 gives an extended chronological overview starting with August 01, 2000. On this day the EU Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation on the Community patent. The timeline as presented ends with the policy debate held by the EU Council on October 11, 2010, on the elements for a compromise by the Presidency for a political orientation regarding the main principles and features of the translation arrangements for the European Union patent ...

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