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German president delays European patent law pending court ruling

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier poses after the recording of a television address to support a charity appeal to help Africa "Gemeinsam gegen Hungersnot" (Together Against Famine) at Bellevue Castle in Berlin, Germany May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s president has delayed signing legislation implementing a common European Union patent law on the request of the country’s constitutional court, which needs more time to assess its legality, the president’s spokeswoman said on Monday.

The court, which has the power to annul legislation that it judges contrary to the constitution, had received a complaint regarding the law that it needed more time to assess.

“Given that there has been a complaint against the law’s constitutionality, the court has postponed signing the legislation until the assessment has been completed,” Anna Engelke, spokeswoman for Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said.

Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Andrea Shalal