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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 Summer 2010

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Introduction

Introduction

The last six months have been busy at the European Patent Office. The rule changes discussed in the last edition of Patent issues came into force on 1 April 2010, and the...

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News

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EPO Enlarged Board Endorses Current EPO Practice For Examining Computer-Implemented Inventions In case G 3/08, the President of the European Patent Office asked the Enla...

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Compressed Timetable for EP(PCT) prosecution

In our Autumn 2009 edition of Patent issues, we reported on new EPO rules that require a mandatory response to the Search Opinion. These rules came into force on 1 April ...

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EPO

A Small Step Towards An enhanced EU patent system

In what has been claimed to be a breakthrough, the EU Competitiveness Council, empowered by the reforms of the EU under the Lisbon Treaty, has agreed: the main features ...

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Divisional Applications Under New EPO Regime

The change in Rule 36 EPC, effective from 1 April 2010, has modified when a divisional application can be filed.  A good understanding of the key aspects and the ava...

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Broader Possibilities For Protecting New Uses of K...

The recent Decision G 2/08 by the Enlarged Board of Appeal has provided guidance on the extent to which a novel use of a known medicinal substance may be protected by a p...

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Careful Diagnosis Needed Before Claiming A Surgica...

The extent to which a diagnostic method which may involve a surgical step can be protected by a patent has been addressed by the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal in its recen...

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Language of the proceedings Before the EPO

The European Patent Office has three official languages: English, French and German. If a International (PCT) application is filed in one of these languages, can it be ch...

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Tips for Claim Amendments Approved at the EPO

Most Applicants for European patent applications at some time face the dreaded "added subject matter" objection following a claim amendment in a European patent applicati...

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Obviousness Test

The UK Court has never embraced the problem-solution analysis for inventive step used by the European Patent Office. There has been much debate about whether the European...

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​UK

A Tale of Three Patents

Gemstar v Virgin is a case that gives an insight into where the UK Patents Court draws the line between a non-patentable man-machine interface and a patentable set-top bo...

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Product Claim Has Longer Arm Than Method Claim

Readers may recall our report on Menashe v William Hill, in which a patent for an on-line casino game product was infringed in the UK even though the server was located i...

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Germany

Opening a New Route to Quicker and Cheaper Patent ...

On 12 March 2010, the President of the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and the commissioner of the Korean Patent Office (KIPO) signed an agreement for a pilot p...

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ABout Our Firm

Out and About

INTA Annual Meeting, 22-26 May 2010 Stephen James, Hazel Buckley, Tim Pendered, Katie Cameron and Angela Fox successfully hosted our annual hospitality suite at Boston's...

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