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Digital 02-12-2015

Battistelli: Many Apple patents would not have been granted in Europe

Europe is well on track to having the highly-anticipated EU unitary patent in place, by late 2016. The aim will be to deliver “rigorous” licences to avoid any ‘patent war’ as it is the case in the US, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, says.

EPO chief: ‘It takes time before patent filings lead to growth and job creation’

A patent filing is usually the very first step in the process to commercialise a new product or new process but it can take years before the invention described in a patent filing is ready to be commercially introduced in the market, says Benoît Battistelli.

Strauss: Europe ‘wasting billions’ by duplicating research

The European Union is wasting billions by investing in new research projects which have already been done by other European scientists, Roland Strauss of Knowledge4Innovation told EURACTIV in an interview. Improved communication between research institutes and better use of existing patents could lead to sizeable savings, he said. 
Brexit 09-12-2008

Zuck: Incomplete single market puts EU behind competitors

Fragmentation of the EU's single market and particularly its patent system represent major obstacles to innovation, which is mainly driven by SMEs, Jonathan Zuck, president of an association representing more than 3,000 small and mid-sized IT firms from around the world, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Brexit 01-10-2008

Verheugen: ‘Everything in the SBA is negotiable’

All measures in the recently proposed Small Business Act (SBA) are "negotiable", including one on a reduced rate of VAT that is strongly opposed by several member states, Commission Vice-President responsible for enterprise Günter Verheugen told EURACTIV in an interview.

EU patent process ‘too cumbersome’

Europe needs to get professional people to work on knowledge transfer at universities, ease the patent system and get member states and university senior managers to understand that supporting knowledge transfer is part of their role, argues Gillian McFadzean of ProTon Europe.
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