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NLO is the one of the largest full-service European IP firms in the Netherlands and Belgium. Whether it’s a game changing business model, a pioneering…
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NLO | European Union | 24 Jun 2022

Economic optimization using technical parameters and known optimization methods is not inventive

The Examining Division (ED) refused a patent application as the claimed method of designing aircrafts would lack an inventive step. The Appellant…
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NLO | European Union | 16 Jun 2022

Een kwestie van leven en dood in de gezondheidszorg

Het extreme belang van regels en voorschriften in de gezondheidszorg: De sector van medische hulpmiddelen neemt aanzienlijk toe. Volgens het…
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NLO | European Union | 15 Jun 2022

A matter of life and death in Healthcare

The extreme importance of rules & regulations in Healthcare. The line of business of medical devices is increasing notably. According to the market…
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NLO | European Union | 13 Jun 2022

Intervention of the assumed infringer and allowability of the amendment of a request

In opposition-appeal, a notice of intervention by an assumed infringer was filed, which indicated that it “adopt(ed) the facts, evidence and…
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NLO | European Union | 9 Jun 2022

The impact of publicly available negative data on assessing sufficiency of disclosure.

A patent claiming a new antibody for treating cancer by disrupting binding between the antibody’s target and its receptor, was revoked by the…
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NLO | European Union | 31 May 2022

Fundamental deficiencies in an Examining Division’s inventive-step reasoning are not substantial procedural violation

The Examining Division (ED) refused application No. 11760635.0 because the claims about a method for providing a graphical user interface would lack…
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NLO | European Union | 25 May 2022

Delivery of components developed under secrecy obligation is not public prior use

During opposition proceedings, the Opponent argued that claim 1 of EP 2695779 B1 would not be novel in view of public prior use of a component. To…
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NLO | European Union | 10 May 2022

Top 5 highlights of the EPO annual review 2021

As every year, the European Patent Office published a highly informative and extensive report on the 2021 statistics and trends: the Patent Index…
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NLO | European Union | 9 May 2022

Admissibility of a fresh ground in appeal

The Respondent's requests regarding the ground for opposition under Art 100(c) EPC confront the Board with the issue of admittance of a new ground…
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NLO | USA | 5 May 2022

Inventiveness of a flame retardant

An old prior art document competed with a more recent prior art document for being the closest prior art. Based on the problems as addressed in the…
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