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Tuesday, 2 August 2005


The European Central Bank is being sued for patent infringement, Bloomberg reports. Document Security Systems, based in Rochester, New York claims that anti-counterfeiting measures in the euro notes which stop the notes from being copied by digital scanners infringes its European patent. The case in being brought before the CFI under case number T-295/05. Litigation is also planned against the UK, which is said to use the same technology in its banknotes.

The IPKat notes that the CFI is more accustomed to hearing trade mark rather than patent disputes. Will this be a dry-run for litigation under the long-awaited European patent Merpel asks.

Security features of euro banknotes here.

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