The Next Attempt Towards a Cheaper EU Patent - This Time Without Spain and Italy

Optimistic German State Secretary Peter Hintze As reported earlier on this blog, the latest (and final) attempt to reach unanimity among the 27 EU member states with regard to a common EU patent failed because of diverting attitudes among the member states towards the language regime. The disappointing result of the extraordinary Competitiveness Council of 10 November 2010, in which the Belgian Presidency placed a final compromise text (documents 5395/10 and 15395/10 ADD1) on the table, have been summarised in a press conference by Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne: "things are clear now: there will never be unanimity on an EU patent". He said that one of the 27 delegations "apparently did not have a mandate to negotiate", so that "other avenues in the [Lisbon] treaty will now have to be considered, i.e. an enhanced co-operation between a smaller group of willing EU members ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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