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ECJ rejects Spanish lawsuits against EU patent

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected Spain’s two lawsuits against new legislation setting up an EU-wide patent system. Spain had challenged the legality of the new procedures, and also objected to the limit of three official languages (English, French and German). But the ECJ agrees with an earlier recommendation of its advocate general that the claims should be dismissed. It supports the view that the new system will provide uniform protection of intellectual property rights across EU member states, together with benefits for businesses, including considerable savings in translation costs.

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