European patent moves forward
Wednesday 16 November 2011
“I hope that we will be able to bring the matter of the European patent to conclusion under the Polish EU Presidency,” Poland’s Vice-Premier and Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak told the press, on 15 November. “We are even accused of working too fast on this issue. If 30 years of negotiations is too fast, then I think it is really time to wrap up,” he commented ironically. “What is certain is that we will come to an agreement under this trio of Presidencies [before the end of 2012 - Ed] and this will be a major step forward in completing the common market.” The Polish EU Presidency has decided to speed up work on this difficult subject and hopes to conclude a political agreement with the European Parliament during the latter half of December. The Coreper working group is meeting twice a week to discuss the latest technical proposals. The package being negotiated contains three elements: two regulations and the touchy matter of the unified patent litigation court.