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Appleyard Lees | European Union | 24 May 2022

Patent oppositions and appeals at the EPO in 2022

In this episode, Appleyard Lees partners, patent attorneys, and experienced opposition specialists, Bobby Smithson and Jennifer Delaney, give their…
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RK Dewan & Co | European Union | 16 Feb 2022

Louis Vuitton not so well-known after all!

On September 12, 2020, an application was filed in the European Union Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO") to register the trademark...
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GEVERS | European Union | 14 Feb 2022

Use of "straw man" in European opposition proceedings

When a European patent is granted, there is a nine-month window during which it may be opposed – in an attempt either to revoke the patent or to restrict its scope of protection. The patent can be opposed by any person (legal or natural), other than the original patent proprietor. In Europe, an opposition may be filed by a "straw man" – that is, a person who files an opposition in their own......
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GEVERS | European Union | 15 Nov 2021

How to challenge European IP rights and right applications

In this interview, Cédric Lefebvre, senior IP attorney, and Stéphane Korvers, European patent attorney, discuss the differences between European IP right applications and national right applications. They also talk about the possibilities of challenging European IP right applications and granted European IP rights.
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Grünecker | European Union | 20 Sep 2021

Anonymous oppositions to continue at EPO

Following the grant of a European patent, there is a window of nine months during which oppositions can be filed against a granted patent and the revocation of the patent can be requested. The current practice of the EPO allows an opposition to be validly filed by a "straw man" – that is, by an opponent filing the opposition not in their own interest, but in the interest of an anonymous third......
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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)…
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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…
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