Here’s one the IPKat missed, via Outlaw. The European Commission has published an action plan aimed at keeping the EU ahead of the game in the field of nanotechnology. Among the proposals are a patent monitoring system for nanotechnologies and nanosciences and a proposal to harmonise the patent application processes of the EPO, the US and Japan in applications concerning nanotechnologies and nanosciences.
The IPKat isn’t sure he likes proposals for patent harmonisation based on such a highly focused area of technology. He’s also not sure whether the other countries will be keen on harmonising their law to enable the EU to compete more efficiently.
More nanotechnology here, here and here