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Thought Brexit couldn’t get any more farcical? The story of the European patent court proves you wrong

The government’s stance on the new initiative makes no sense

By Ian Dunt  

Photo: Ye Pingfan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

This is the business end of Brexit, when all the contradictory promises and impossible dreams come face-to-face with legal reality. Usually we only notice this when it’s about trade, but the same is happening all over society, from security to rules around food recipes. This is the tawdry story of what the government did—and didn’t do—with patents, and why it is now stuck with a series of mutually incompatible promises which are about to collide headlong into one another.

It starts with Theresa May…

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