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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | European Union | 21 May 2020

Pepper trumps Broccoli: EPO finds products produced by essentially biological processes are not patentable

Responding to a question referred to it by the EPO’s President, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has issued its opinion in…

Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 28 Apr 2020

USPTO: AI Cannot Be Named as Inventor on Patent

On April 27, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a petition decision stating that under current law, only natural persons…

Deriş Patents and Trademarks Agency | European Union, Turkey | 6 Apr 2020

Re-establishment of rights as remedy for requesting European patent validation

In a landmark decision, a first-instance court recently ruled on the re-establishment of rights as a remedy for requesting the validation of a…

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | European Union | 16 Mar 2020

The UPC and the EPC: a tale of two treaties

We reported at the start of the month that the UK government no longer intends to participate in the Unified Patent Court (UPC), the long-planned…

TLT LLP | United Kingdom | 13 Mar 2020

Landlords of domestic properties - will you be in breach on 1 April 2020?

In less than a month, it will be unlawful for a landlord of domestic premises with an EPC rating of below E (known as a sub-standard property) to…

Novagraaf | European Union, United Kingdom | 2 Mar 2020

Unitary Patent FAQs

The proposed Unitary Patent system promised a simpler and more cost-effective route to patent protection in and across the EU member states; however…

Novagraaf | European Union | 2 Mar 2020

Une machine peut-elle être désignée en tant qu’inventeur ?

Une Demande de Brevet européen N°18275163 relative à un conteneur alimentaire a été déposée le 17 octobre 2018 sans remplir le champ pour désigner…

Novagraaf | European Union, United Kingdom | 2 Mar 2020

UK confirms withdrawal from the Unitary Patent

Announcement last week that the UK ‘will not be seeking involvement’ in the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent system is the latest blow for the…

King Stubb & Kasiva | India | 27 Feb 2020

Software Patents: The Debate Continues!

Software[1] Patents which are generally referred to as Computer Related Inventions[2] have been a debatable issue in India and worldwide. Recently…

Bristows | Germany | 19 Feb 2020

BVerfG cases intended to be decided in 2020 by the UPC case rapporteur

The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has published here the list of major cases which it intends to decide in…
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