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Berggren Oy | European Union | 19 Jul 2021

Breaking EPO news in G 1/21 – video has injured but apparently not killed the in-person oral proceedings star

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office had just issued a decision in the greatly anticipated G 1/21 case, ruling that oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal can take place by videoconference during a general emergency, even if all parties have not given consent, without violating the European Patent Convention.

Mitscherlich PartmbB | European Union | 23 Aug 2018

EPO’s BoAs Clarify Double Patenting Prohibition Doctrine and the Differences Between “The Matter for Which Protection is Sought” and “The Extent of the Protection Conferred by a European Patent”

In the decision T2563/11 the Boards of Appeal of the European patent had to deal with a divisional application…

Boult Wade Tennant LLP | European Union | 3 Jul 2018

EPO reports on timeliness initiatives

As those familiar with the experience will attest, applying for a patent is often not a quick process. It takes time for a patent office to process an…

COHAUSZ & FLORACK | European Union | 25 May 2018

Sprycel - new plausibility threshold for life sciences patents?

The Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) decision (February 1 2017) upholding the revocation of Bristol-Myer Squibb's (BMS)…

Bardehle Pagenberg | European Union | 9 Apr 2018

The right of priorities: Recent developments in EPO case law

Recent decisions passed by three different instances of the EPO have significant effects on the patentability of inventions under European patent law…

Boult Wade Tennant LLP | European Union | 20 Mar 2018

EPO Launches a Consultation on the Revision of the Rules of Procedure of The Boards of Appeal

The EPO provides Applicants, Patentees, and Opponents with the opportunity to appeal decisions of the Examining Division or the Opposition Division…

Obligado & Cia | Argentina | 12 Mar 2018

Effect of new decree on industrial property and trademark law

A recently issued decree aims to further reduce and simplify the regulations of relevant regimes in order to provide an efficient response to requests for the exercise of commerce and the development of industry. Among other things, the decree simplifies the trademark opposition procedure; implements the administrative resolution of oppositions, nullity and cancellation for non-use actions;......

Mitscherlich PartmbB | European Union, Germany | 27 Feb 2018

Office Practice - Inventive Step Attacks in Europe and Germany

Traditionally, the assessment of whether a claimed invention achieves an inventive step over the prior art is handled somewhat differently in the…

Valea AB | European Union, France | 30 Nov 2017

SCA Tissue France vs. Sipinco and Global Hygiéne - Ruling of Cour de cassation in Paris regarding contributory infringement for combination inventions

La Cour de cassation (French Supreme Court) in France has vacated a judgement by the Cour d’Appel (Court of Appeal) and remitted an infringement case…

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | European Union, United Kingdom | 21 Nov 2017

Patent and Pharma Update - November 2017

In Actavis v Eli Lilly [2017] UKSC 48, the UK Supreme Court redefined the UK approach to patent infringement, making it more permissive and seeking…
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