PLANS to develop a new kind of European Union patent, which would allow R&D units to gain protection for their inventions across the EU by making one comparatively simple application, are being discussed. A so-called Community Patent would be easier to operate than the existing European Patents, which have to be translated into the official language of each Member State in which it is to apply. One linguistic version of the Community Patent would suffice for all the EU. Also, a European special tribunal would be set up at the European ...

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