Decision supports ECB on counterfeit check

The European Central Bank (ECB) won backing from a French court on Wednesday for the right to use a method to detect fake notes.

The Paris-based Tribunal de Grande Instance ruled that patent held by Document Security Systems, a United States-based technology company, to spot fake euro notes by inserting a strip that appears if bills are replicated by printers was invalid - a method it claims that the ECB has used.

The decision follows a hearing in June last year. Document Security Systems has

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