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Abstract

This study, conducted by Prof. Dr. Joseph Straus of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (Germany), examines the current provisions for patent protection in the EU and the arguments in favour of a European-wide patent protection system.

It examines the deficiencies of the present European patent system, still largely determined by the European Patent Convention which entered into force in 1977, and compares the European situation with that of the USA and Japan. It concludes that, in order to establish a truly operational Community patent system, the EU should take appropriate action, as soon as possible, to transfer both the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Agreement relating to Community Patents (ACP) into the Community legal order.

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