The fight for consensus
Users of the European Patents System have been crying out for a cheaper and uniform alternative to the present programme, but are the current alternatives under discussion likely to provide the answer? Mark Hodgson reports
The desire of the majority of users of the European Patents System for a cheaper and uniform alternative to what currently exists has manifested itself in two parallel initiatives. The first is very much a revisitation of a hoary old chestnut that has hitherto seen many false dawns. The second is a much more recent notion – a European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA), which will create a specialised court system and procedure for litigating European patents within signatory states of the European Patent Convention.
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