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'Troll' warning as EU gets unitary patent scheme, after decades of failure

ZDNet - The European unitary patent is finally set to become a thing, ending more than 30 years of failed attempts to leap mostly language-based hurdles. However, anti-software-patent campaigners say the European Parliament's approval could have disastrous consequences.

The European Parliament has approved the rules for a new EU-wide patent system, which is intended to drastically reduce the cost of getting a patent that applies across the union.

However, anti-software-patent campaigners say the scheme's approval will make it easier for patent trolls to bring their activities to Europe.