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European Patent Litigation Agreement

UK Statement at the Working Party on Litigation (13 December 2005)

"The UK, on behalf of the member states of the European Union, recognises the importance that industry attaches to the role that the European Patent Litigation Agreement could play in improving the European Patent System. At the Competitiveness Council at the end of November, member states committed themselves to strengthen information and support services on intellectual property, especially for SMEs, support patent authorities increasing their cooperation across borders and pursue work to improve the accessibility and efficiency of Europe's patent system. A litigation system which would reduce the cost and complexity of the European Patent System could have a key part to play in delivering against the Lisbon goals.

In his speech to the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on 29 November, Commissioner Charlie McGreevy announced that he intended, over the coming three months, to engage in a dialogue on how to provide Europe with a sound IPR framework. While the Commission continues to believe that the Community patent is crucial, another issue to be considered is improvement of the existing framework of the European Patent Office, especially the litigation arrangements.

Our intention is as soon as possible to reach a position where a text can be put to a diplomatic conference. For this purpose, the Commission and member states plan to hold one or two meetings to discuss the technical issues relating to Community involvement in the EPLA. "

Draft Agreement on the establishment of a European patent litigation system (PDF file 184Kb)

 Draft Statute of the European Patent Court (PDF file 101Kb)

For further information please contact:

Robert Shorthouse
Policy Advisor
Intellectual Property & Innovation Directorate
Room 3B40
The Patent Office,
Concept House,
Cardiff Road,
NP10 8QQ.

Tel: +44 (0)1633 814634
Fax: +44 (0)1633 814922

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Last updated 06 January, 2006 top