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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 | 21 Feb 2024

Substantial procedural violation by the Examining Division for not appointing Oral Proceedings | T 2024/21

In T 2024/21 the Board remits a case back to the Examining Division. The Examining Division had continuously refused to appoint Oral Proceedings to…
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NLO | European Union | 12 Feb 2024

No additional search fee required if the search for the first invention covers also the second invention

In T 0044/19, the Board discussed whether the request for an additional search fee under Rule 164(2)(a) EPC issued by the Examining Division was…
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NLO | European Union | 16 Jan 2024

Case Law Insights: Article 53(c) and the functional link between a method and the effects produced in the body

However, certain inventions pose a new challenge. Imagine an invention where the innovation is in how a device works rather than the device itself…
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NLO | European Union | 15 Dec 2023

Technical expert denied by the Board to make oral submissions during oral proceedings | T 0765/21

After the Opposition Division (OD) decided to reject an opposition against European patent EP 2 830 758 B1, the…
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NLO | European Union | 6 Dec 2023

Case Law Insights: Article 53(c) exceptions and products produced by a medical treatment

Now that we have gained a solid understanding of the fundamental framework that the EPO uses to evaluate patent claims…
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NLO | European Union | 1 Dec 2023

Decision to refuse a patent application must include a decision on admissibility of requests filed

In T 2136/22, the Board discussed the requirements for requests to be considered to have been duly filed and pending during examination procedures…
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NLO | European Union | 24 Nov 2023

On the admissibility of opposition and appeal | T1408/19

In T1408/19, the Board discussed the admissibility of an Opposition in case the publication data of a piece of evidence is erroneous in the notice of…
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NLO | European Union | 14 Nov 2023

EPO is competent to assess entitlement to priority and will (rebuttably) presume it is in order if the priority claim complies with A.88(1) EPC

The consolidated decision G1/22 and G2/22 results from a referral from two Technical Boards deciding about two related cases in the same patent…
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NLO | European Union | 8 Nov 2023

Ambiguous abbreviations: determining the opponent’s identity.

In T0130/21, the decision of the Opposition Division (OD) to reject the opposition as inadmissible was appealed by the Opponent (O). In the decision…
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