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The European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) is a proposed international agreement to create a unified European patent jurisdiction.

The proposal has been considered dead since 2007.[1] Current efforts from the European Commission are focussed on the EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court.

According to patent expert Alison Crofts, the EPLA was being pushed for by the pro-swpat lobby.[2]

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  1. Cited in Managing Intellectual Property News, Germany urges action on European patent reform, February 1, 2007. The seminar appears to have been the MIP Gowers Review Discussion held at Lovells, in London, on January 30, 2007. About the seminar, see also MIP, Gowers debate highlights reform concerns, March 2007.
  2. "Building and enforcing intellectual property value". http://www.buildingipvalue.com/07EU/p.160-163%20Dorsey%20&%20Whitney.pdf. "The industry-based driving force behind the EPLA comes from the pro-software patent group as a way of ensuring that their software or potential software patents are fully enforceable across Europe." 

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