Friday's Competitiveness Council Meeting will be Decisive for EU Patent

Michael Barnier and Vincent van Quickenborne fighting for the EU patent After it turned out in the extraordinary Competitiveness Council meeting of 10 November 2010 that, due to the controversy regarding a commonly accepted language regime, "there will never be unamity on a EU patent" (see this post and the press conference of Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne), the "willing" EU member states intensified the discussion on (and apparently their efforts towards) an enhanced co-operation, i.e. an EU legislative agreement among a small group of EU members to launch a diminished EU patent based on the 'Munich' three languages system, as proposed by the European Commission on 30 June 2010. Now, the EU Council published the agenda for the next Competitiveness Council Meeting, dated 10 December 2010, which, among other topics, also includes a (rather poor statement on a) debate on "the way forward for the establishment of a future EU patent system (17229/09), including the option of starting an enhanced cooperation process between several member states". Even less productive for the general public is, as tweeted by my colleague Axel H Horns, EU document 16946/10 having the promising title "The European Union Patent: Way forward and possible enhanced cooperation - Exchange of views", which is, precautionarily, not accessible at all. Anyway. It is expected that Frenchman Michel Barnier, the EU commissioner for internal market and services, will present a proposal to the Competitiveness Council on the next meeting, which Mr Van Quickenborne expects to be "decisive on the single EU Patent" in a recent tweet. There have been reports that Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Estonia intend to formally apply for a common patent agreement based on enhanced cooperation ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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