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EU court rejects Italo-Spanish patent appeal

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Brussels, April 16 - The European Court of Justice
on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Italy and Spain against the
single European Union patent approved by the other 25 EU members
in 2011.
Rome and Madrid claimed the patent introduced "unacceptable
discrimination" because it is only written in French, English
and German.
Italy's EU affairs minister, Enzo Moavero, said Italy "takes
note of the ruling" and parliament would now weigh whether to
drop its opposition to the patent and join its partners.
When the patent was approved the Italian government called
called it "one of the most divisive pages in European Union
history".
Spain's secretary of state for EU affairs, Diego Lopez
Garrido, said it was "a discriminatory measure that goes
against the principles of the European Union".
The plan to introduce a single process for EU patents went
forward in March 2011 when EU competitiveness ministers endorsed
the rarely used mechanism of 'reinforced cooperation' among the
25 EU members who approved the plan.
Single Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said at the time
that Italy and Spain could come back into the process "at any
time".
Hailing the single patent as a step forward against
copyright crime, he denied charges of discrimination, saying
Italian and Spanish firms could use it.
Italy argued that issues concerning languages require
unanimity.

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