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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 2012

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Whats frying in Freiburg?

We are pleased to announce a merger of our German operations with Maucher, Börjes & Kollegen of Freiburg im Breisgau to create a new firm called Maucher Börjes Jenkin...

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Jenkins likely to advise clients not to choose the...

A single patent for the European single market has been a policy goal for over four decades. The last hurdles to an agreement in principle have been: the location of the...

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Patentability of Inventions Involving Stem Cells

Stem cells have the advantage that they can differentiate into a wide range of specialised cell types and have the ability to self-replicate. Stem cell research is a rapi...

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EPO

New EPO Guidelines allow Examiners to refuse amend...

Applicants for European patents have in the past enjoyed wide latitude in being able to amend claims during the course of prosecution. There are two opportunities to amen...

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EP Route or National Route?

Costs, risks and strategies for a commercially-sensitive decisionIn recent years, following the European Patent Office initiative known as "raising the bar", there is the...

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uk

Reduced Corporation Tax Patent Box to Open April 2...

Patent Box opened April 2013The UK Government legislation on the Patent Box tax incentive came into effect in April 2013. The incentive is a reduced corporation tax ...

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How Much Research is Enough?

In the first patent case to be considered by the new UK Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords), the court considered the validity of a patent of Human Genome Science...

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Will Patentability Appeals Become Less Appealing?

In the UK, nearly all adverse decisions by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) can be appealed to the Patents Court. In recent years, the number of these appeals has i...

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GERMANY

Claim Construction in Germany's Bifurcated Patent ...

Every national system for patent litigation throughout Europe has its quirks, despite the extensive harmonisation that has taken place over the past decades. Not least Ge...

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PATENT CO-OPERATION TREATY

Pendulum swings in favour of PCT Chapter II

We wrote in our Autumn 2011 edition of Patent issues about the pros and cons of using PCT Chapter II. We were not at that time effusive in our enthusiasm f...

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PARALEGAL'S CORNER

Priority Document Access Service (PDAS)

System and how to use itPDAS, when It works, is an efficient digital alternative to filing paper copies of priority documents with multiple Patent Offices. If a patent ap...

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JENKINS NEWS

Launch of Beijing Representative Office of R.G.C. ...

We are pleased to announce that our Beijing Representative Office was officially set up in August 2012. This is our first office outside Europe and is based in the China ...

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