News Summary: EU approves common patent rules

EU approves new common patent rules, streamlining and cutting cost of patent procedures

Associated Press

EASY IDEA: The European Union approved a new common patent system designed to cut red tape and streamline patent procedures across much of Europe.

OLD WORLD METHOD: Currently, patents are filed in individual EU nations, and ending the convoluted procedure is seen as key to reduce costs and boost innovation with cheaper patents.

LANGUAGE BARRIER: Italy and Spain sought to derail the decision right up to the last. In a typical battle between national pride and the common objectives, the two nations insisted their languages were being discriminated against since requests at the future European Patent Office will be processed in English, German or French.

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