Patents: Single European Patent

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals for the single European patent to be available in only one international and one country of origin language.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Science and Innovation) (also in the Ministry of Defence)

The UK supports an EU patent system which delivers real benefits for business by reducing the cost of protecting innovation across Europe. One of the main costs of patenting in Europe is the cost of translations. The UK therefore supports a reduced language regime for the EU patent which will significantly cut patenting costs. An approach based on one international and one country of origin language does not relate to any formal proposal currently being discussed in the EU and has not been assessed by the government. However, we will judge all detailed proposals on their merits as they emerge.

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