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GEVERS | European Union | 16 May 2022

Missed a patent deadline? European patent law provides various remedies

If an applicant fails to meet a deadline set by the European Patent Office during patent prosecution, the European Patent Convention provides three possible legal remedies: further processing, re-establishment of rights and the possibility to pay the renewal fee within a six-month period. The remedy that is available depends on the specific action missed.
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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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Marks & Clerk | European Union | 7 Apr 2022

To be (amended) or not to be (amended)……..what is the answer?

Two recently issued and differing decisions have muddled what used to be a routine, albeit peculiar, part of European patent prosecution. Having…
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NLO | European Union | 6 Apr 2022

Text remitted to the Examining division for grant is binding

In T 1891/12 the Board remitted a case to the Examining Division with the order to grant a precisely defined description and claims. The Applicant…
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Potter Clarkson | European Union, United Kingdom | 4 Apr 2022

How to gain more time and delay the prosecution of a European patent application

How long will it take for my European Patent application to be granted? This is a common question from applicants and one which is difficult to…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Arab Emirates | 31 Mar 2022

UAE to launch corporate income tax - Key impacts for projects

On 31 January 2022, the UAE's finance ministry announced federal corporate income tax (CIT) will be introduced in a major shift for the Middle…
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Grünecker | European Union | 28 Mar 2022

New EPO guidance on description amendments – what's new?

The new Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (EPO) recently came into force. Many had hoped that the much-tightened requirements for description amendments before grant, which were introduced with the 2021 guidelines, would be relaxed again with the new edition. This article examines whether this is indeed the case.
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NLO | European Union | 25 Mar 2022

T0768/20;T2275/17: Compliance with art. 123(2) and (3) EPC and the standard of proof 'Beyond reasonable doubt'.

Both cases T0768/20 and T2275/17 deal with the allowability of amendments. In T0768/20, the Board provides a comprehensive summary of the development…
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Murgitroyd | European Union, United Kingdom | 22 Mar 2022

Can you patent human-machine interfaces?

One key consideration for modern automakers is how to appeal to newer generations of drivers and passengers, who expect their vehicles to be as…
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Carpmaels & Ransford LLP | USA | 9 Mar 2022

Patenting AI: Three reasons why patent applications for applied AI inventions do not succeed at the EPO

AI is being adopted as a tool for solving the most challenging of problems in a wide range of technical fields, including healthcare and life…
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