• The French government has rejected the sole bid that it had received for the so-called third-generation, or 3G license, from French internet start-up Iliad SA on the grounds that it did not meet required financial criteria. This rejection for a fourth mobile-operator license could impede new competition and keep prices at high levels for consumers (WSJE, October 11, 2007, p. 4) 
  • On October 9, 2007, the French Senate ratified the London Agreement on translation requirements for patents lodged with the European Patent Office. This agreement could enter into force in early 2008 and reduce translation costs by up to 50% (Europolitics, October 11, 2007, p. 13)