Europe moves a step closer to a unified patent system

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Political agreement was reached at the June 2012 European Council meeting on what had been termed as the last remaining issue on Europe’s new patent system — the location of the Central Division for the Unified Patent Court. The new patent system (which is to provide a unitary patent as well as a unified patent court) is undoubtedly now closer to becoming a reality than ever before in its history since the 1975 draft of a Community Patent. Still, much of the detail of how the new system will operate remains to be decided, and several hurdles remain to be overcome.

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