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[FYI] Lack of agreement by ministers on Union patents


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Lack of agreement by ministers on Union patents  

Date: 13/03/2001 

Policy area: Internal market, consumer affairs and tourism News item: 
Front-page news  

The meeting of the Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism 
Council opened with an debate on the preparations for the summit in 
Stockholm from an internal market perspective. The ministers also 
tried to reach agreement on a common EU patent but without success.  

"I regret that we were not able to come to an agreement on a rapid 
advance of the process towards a Union patent", comments Ministers 
for Trade, Leif Pagrotsky, after the meeting.  

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