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EU Parliament Backs Plan To Allow Pre-Grant Opposition To Patent Extension Requests

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Members of the European Parliament have ignored pleas from the EPP political group and the German Federal Council to drop a proposal allowing third parties to oppose the granting of a supplementary protection certificate.

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