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UNITARY PATENT

In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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Patent Issues Autumn 2011

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NEWS

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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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-...

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UK

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...

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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...

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EPO

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Germany

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...

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EU

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...

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