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Europe moved a step closer to having a fully integrated patent judiciary this week. The draft European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) gained momentum after internal markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy gave his support to the proposal. If implemented, it would create a common litigation court. Although trademarks have a pan-European registrar and central court, patents do […]

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