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Double patenting - will prohibition end at last?

European Union - April 29 2019 The approach of the European Patent Office (EPO) to prohibition of double patenting is well established and may, at a first glance, also seem well…

Unified Patent Court comes closer as Austria progresses towards ratification of PAP

Austria - December 2 2021 To allow Austria to deposit the instrument of ratification, there are a number of steps that still need to be taken by the Austrian Government to…

German ratification of UPC on hold

Germany - January 13 2021 As will be recalled, after the Bundesrat, the Upper House of the German Parliament, had passed the ratification bill of the Unified Patent Court…

EPO decides double patenting is a ground for refusal in G4/19

European Union - June 23 2021 The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has issued decision G 4/19 (double patenting) in which it holds that a European patent…

EPO sets G1/21 ViCo oral proceedings for 28 May 2021

European Union - March 19 2021 In T1807/15 for EP04758381.0 / EP1609239, the Technical Board of Appeal referred, in an interlocutory decision of 12 March 2021, the following…