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Member states approve plans for patent court

EU justice ministers have agreed to plans that will allow a unified patent court to become operational, bringing the implementation of the single patent a step closer.

The agreement, reached on 6 December, approves plans for changes in the rules of the jurisdiction of courts in Europe. The move was welcomed by the European Commission, which is pushing for the unified court to become operation as soon as possible to reduce fragmentation across Europe over the legal aspects of patents.

“I am pleased to see that Ministers have given their agreement to this important Commission proposal in record time,” said the commissioner for justice, Viviane Reding. “Removing bureaucratic obstacles, extra costs and the legal uncertainty of having 28 different and often contradictory systems makes the single market more attractive.”

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