Designing a better bit is technical and patentable...
In a very recent decision (Halliburton's Applications, 5 October 2011), the UK Patents Court has addressed the ambit of the exclusion to patentability of ‘schemes, rules ...Read More
Patents Change Hands at Eye-watering Values
In July, a consortium comprising Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion, Sony, Ericsson and EMC paid $4.5 billion for 6,000 patents from the now liquidated networking compa...Read More
America Invents An International perspective
On 16 September, President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act, which will mean the United States will use a "first inventor to file" system instead of a "first...Read More
Why the Scramble to buy Mobile Phone Patents?
Oracle started a patent war in August 2010 by suing Google for up to $6.1 billion, claiming Google's Android platform infringes Oracle's Java patents. Now Apple is suing ...Read More
Wireless wars in Europe
The wireless wars are being fought in Europe. Mannheim is a favoured venue for infringement actions and London is favoured for invalidity actions and declarations of non-...Read More
Does a FRAND Obligation Trump a Right to an Injunc...
IPCom, a non-manufacturing entity that bought some patents from Robert Bosch prevailed in a patent infringement action in November 2010 against the mighty Nokia in respec...Read More
Siemens v. Seagate
Most UK patent actions are heard in London. This was one of the few cases before the High Court in Northern Ireland - it is not often that patent cases are heard in Belfa...Read More
European Patent Office Examination Backlog
We reported in our Summer 2008 edition of our newsletter Patent issues that patent applications were entering the examining divisions at a faster rate than the rate at wh...Read More
EPO Enlarged Board Decision G 2/10 the end of the ...
"Disclaimer" amendments are useful, particularly where the key objection is novelty. Applicants usually limit the claim by falling back on pre-prepared positions set fort...Read More
Examiner eats shoots and leaves
When President Batistelli visited London in 2010, Jenkins partner Hugh Dunlop asked whether his predecessor's proposals of September 2009 for "a stricter policy on allowi...Read More
More Breathing Space for EP(PCT) Applicants but un...
From 1 May 2011, the European Patent Office has decided to extend, from 1 month to 6 months, the time period for filing claims or responding to the Written Opinion of the...Read More
Patent Co-Operation Treaty
International Preliminary Examination is an option...
It allows for central examination by a selected International Preliminary Examining Authority.
Having fallen into disuse, it is now gaining in popularity once more. We t...Read More
No step forward, two steps back
In its decision "Webseitenanzeige" (decision X ZR 121/09 web page display), the German Federal Court ("BGH") has delivered another decision on the patentability of comput...Read More
Agreement for Unitary Patent among 25 of the 27 Me...
Following the failure of the 1975 Community Patent Convention and an attempt in 2000 by the EU Council to implement a unitary EU patent by means of a Regulation, it was c...Read More