The Belgian Presidency will propose bilateral negotations with Member States on an EU-wide patent regulation at the Internal Market Council on 27 September. It hopes to use these negotiations to break the deadlock resulting from differences in interpretation of the common approach agreed in June 2001.
In June 2001 the EU ministers agreed on how to approach the issues of affordability, user responsiveness, legal security, procedural efficiency, simplification and non-discrimination between EU citizens. Since then, there has been disagreement within the Council on the interpretation of the approach. The main issues of the disagreement are:
- Who will pay for the translation of patents in different languages?
- Who will receive what percentage of patent fees?