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Germany considers relaxing double patenting rules

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection published a new draft bill on 5 February 2016 to amend the Act on International Patent Agreements in view of the UPC Agreement.  The Ministry’s first draft is at a very early stage of the legislative process and it has not been approved by the federal government, much less passed by the legislative branch, yet.  The most interesting part of these complex amendments is the planned changes to the existing rules of double patenting.


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