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Backlog battle

European Union - July 11 2018 In our recent article we reviewed EPO Boards of Appeal’s 2017 Annual Report. The report discussed the Boards’ five-year objective to reduce the…

Stephen Blake.

Boards of Appeal Annual Report (and proposed changes to the RPBA)

European Union - June 4 2018 The EPO’s Boards of Appeal underwent comprehensive reform in 2017, one of the aims of which was to enshrine their independence by delegating power to…

Stephen Blake.

The impact of a Brexit on IP

European Union, United Kingdom - June 8 2016 Few European readers will have been able to avoid the news of the UK’s upcoming referendum on its membership of the European Union. Due to be held on…

Sonia Hill, Michael Shaw.

IP update - 2nd quarter 2015

Canada, China, European Union, Japan, USA - June 5 2015 The Unitary Patent (UP) will allow inventors to acquire pan-European protection without having to “validate” the granted European patent in every…

Thomas Prock, Pamela Bryer, Barbara Fleck, Jean-Charles Grégoire, Grant Lynds.

Further proposals from the EPO on unitary patent renewal fees

European Union - May 27 2015 The Unitary Patent (UP) will allow inventors to acquire pan-European protection without having to "validate" the granted European patent in every…

Thomas Prock.