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Stay of proceedings pending the outcome of G 1/15

European Union, United Kingdom - November 4 2015 As some readers may know, questions relating to partial priority and to poisonous divisional applications have been referred to the Enlarged Board of…

Unitary patent: European Patent Office adopts 'True Top 4' unitary patent renewal fee

European Union - June 25 2015 On Wednesday 24 June 2015 the Select Committee of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) decided to adopt the 'True Top 4'…

Doug Ealey.

Groundless threat provisions - what are they for?

United Kingdom - April 1 2015 Groundless threat provisions under UK law are unique in the sense that they aim to safeguard the interests of both IP right holders and third parties…

Oil be back! Examination division ordered to return to court with certified translation

European Union - December 17 2014 In this recent decision, the Board of Appeal (BoA) had to consider the suitability of a machine translation of a cited document which had been used…

Legislative Reform Order and IP Act: UK turns over a new leaf with autumnal IP law changes

United Kingdom - October 1 2014 On 01 October 2014 two pieces of UK legislation will come into effect: the Intellectual Property Act 2014 and Legislative Reform (Patents) Order 2014…