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Luxembourg: The European court of justice on Tuesday rejected a challenge by Italy and Spain against the EU’s patent law, only recently adopted after nearly 40 years of negotiations.

Spain and Italy had complained against a provision requiring that a patent be translated into only three languages—English, French and German, a measure they said was detrimental to them.

The top EU court said in a ruling that introduction of the patent system did not undermine any existing EU laws on the single market, or on its social, economic and territorial basis.

Nor did it interfere with the rights and responsibilities of member states, as Spain and Italy had argued, it said.

The new patent law, approved in December, provides for a single patent across the 27-member EU, simplifying a previously complex system of national jurisdictions.

It comes into force in 2014.

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