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One decision left for EU patent court

BRUSSELS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Polish Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak said agreement on a seat for a unified European Union patent court headquarters remained elusive.

Several proposals extended by the Polish EU presidency have moved forward, leaving some to expect a unified patent court for the 27-member international region could be a reality soon.

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Pawlak, however, said the site of a headquarters remained in contention with France, Germany and Britain vying for the opportunity to play host.

The headquarters for the unified patent court is likely to provide a boost to the local economy that gets the nod.

Barring that last decision, a final agreement could be signed in Warsaw by the end of the year, the EUobserver reported Tuesday.

As it stands, Luxembourg would be the site of the unified appeals court, while Slovenia and Portugal would host two arbitration centers. Hungary is on line to host a training center.

"An agreement on the vital elements of the patent package substantially advanced by the Polish presidency may reduce the cost of obtaining the protection of inventions in the EU by as much as 80 percent," Pawlak said at a press conference in Brussels.

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