Polish MEP and inventor Adam Gierek asks Commission about EPO case law

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Brussels, 13 April 2006 -- Professor Adam Gierek MEP has asked the Commission whether it still thinks that the case law of the European Patent Office (EPO) should be apply to the Community Patent. He refers to the fact that the European Parliament rejected the EPO's case law regarding software patents, a discrepancy between EPO and national patent office practice, and also to several recent court decisions in the UK. He is worried that the EPO's practice is discrediting the patent system as a whole. Professor Gierek is an inventor himself, with many patents on his name.

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