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TechWorld: EU Ministers Stick Two Fingers Up at MEP Patent Protest

Feb 04, 2005, 14:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Europe's ministers are planning to push ahead with controversial patent legislation despite a vote on Wednesday by MEPs to restart the process. The decision will set the two decision-making bodies of the EU at loggerheads.

"Nicolas Schmit, deputy foreign minister of Luxembourg, which is currently chairing Council of Ministers meetings, said yesterday that he would ask the body to formally adopt the much-disputed draft directive on patents at a meeting on 17 February..."

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