It is time for the stake-holders, whom you might be, in patent matters to voice their opinion directly to the European Union in what pertains the new policy on PATENTS. This is indeed important, and if you do have a view on this, and you can make your argumentation clear, please take the opportunity to participate in this consultation process. The deadline for the submission of input is March 31, 2006. You can download all the relevant information from the EU website here. Should you have any questions on this, please feel free to contact me either by leaving a comment, sending email or calling me. In addition I will be publishing my own input here when I have finished drafting it, however it will be only on or after the deadline. Update (April 14): Contrary that announcement, I will not be publishing my own input, but I will comment on the matter at another time. Update (April 6, 2006): IMPORTANT NOTICE The deadline for submission of replies is extended until 12 April 2006. Please note that this deadline determines which replies will be taken into account for the hearing on 13 June 2006. However, we welcome all replies submitted after the deadline. They will be duly analysed and taken into account by the Commission in formulation of the future patent policy in Europe.