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German president delays European patent law pending court ruling
June 12, 2017 / 3:44 PM / 5 months ago

German president delays European patent law pending court ruling

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s president has delayed signing legislation implementing a common European Union patent law on the request of the country’s constitutional court, which needs more time to assess its legality, the president’s spokeswoman said on Monday.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier poses after the recording of a television address to support a charity appeal to help Africa "Gemeinsam gegen Hungersnot" (Together Against Famine) at Bellevue Castle in Berlin, Germany May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

The court, which has the power to annul legislation that it judges contrary to the constitution, had received a complaint regarding the law that it needed more time to assess.

“Given that there has been a complaint against the law’s constitutionality, the court has postponed signing the legislation until the assessment has been completed,” Anna Engelke, spokeswoman for Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said.

Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Andrea Shalal

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