Spanish Government Knocking Down Compromise On EU Patent Languages Regime

Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne, Minister for enterprise and streamlining policy of Belgium

As already reported yesterday on this Blog, today there has been an extraordinary session of the EU Council - Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) - solely devoted to the EU Patent issue. The Council session begun on Wednesday November 10, 2010, at 1600h. It was chaired by Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgian Minister for enterprise and streamlining policy. In public deliberation, the Council has exchanged views on translation arrangements for a future EU patent system. The meeting was then followed by an informal working dinner.

The deliberations were based on Document 15395/10 as well as on an addendum Document 15395/10 ADD1 hastily put on the table by the Belgium Presidency.

A video of the public deliberations is available on-line (however, I'm afraid, only for users utilising a Microsoft Windows platform)

After 2200h it was clear that the meeting had failed to reach a compromise.

In a press conference, Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne explained that, in his opinion, 26 of 27 delegations 'were in negotiation mode' while 'one delegation apparently did not have a mandate to negotiate' ...

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