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German court blocks approval of European patent system

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National parliament must now make second attempt to ratify court legislation, further delaying European patent

A decision by Germany’s highest constitutional court has further delayed the creation of a European Unified Patent Court, and some experts think the attempt to create a pan-European patent system could now fail altogether.

The court ruled on 20 March that a 2019 German parliamentary vote to join the planned UPC was void because it did not pass with a sufficient majority.

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