Sweden Wants EU Patent

The Swedish government seeks to implement a joint patent for the whole European Union. After a meeting of the European Council for Market Competition on Thursday evening in Brussels, Sweden’s Trade Minister Ewa Björling told reporters that the council has decided to send a proposal for a joint patent to the European Court of Justice.

Björling expects the court to decide by the end of the Swedish EU-chairmanship in December whether a joint patent infringes upon European law. Most controversial issue is the question in which languages a European patent should be formulated. Björling said she hoped such a patent could become reality in a year or two. (ah)

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