Posts in Europe


Europe sees sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles

From 2011 to 2017, patent applications at the EPO for automated driving increased by 330%, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period, according to the study, titled "Patents …

EPO Publishes Revised Guidelines on Computer-implemented inventions

The European Patent Office Guidelines 2018 were recently published on the European Patent Office (EPO) website. All substantial changes in the new Guidelines relate mainly to sections discussing …
By Andrea Perronace
28 days ago 3

Sensitive personal data in HR functions: climbing the ladder of legal bases

The GDPR's entry into force has forced HR teams across the US and EU to re-evaluate the ways in which they justify the use of personal data …
By Sam Rayner
1 month ago 0

Is Europe really moving away from protecting platforms and internet intermediaries?

This time last year, the combination of the Commission's September 2017 Communication and the proposed Article 13 of the draft Copyright Directive led some to conclude that Europe was …
By Nick Aries
1 month ago 0

Brave New World: Blockchain, Mobility and the Intersection Between AI and Automotive

Roberta Romano-Götsch: "Imagine for example that in future you can have a truck where the driver does the difficult task of getting the truck outside the …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 4

Exclusive with Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer of Mobility and Mechatronics at EPO

I recently had the opportunity to go on the record with Roberta Romano-Götsch, the chief operating officer of Mobility and Mechatronics at the European Patent Office (…
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

Is Europe really (*still*) moving away from protecting platforms and internet intermediaries?

This time last year, the combination of the Commission's September 2017 Communication and the proposed Article 13 of the draft Copyright Directive led some to conclude that Europe was …
By Nick Aries
3 months ago 0

EP’s Louboutin Decision Opens the Door for U.S. Businesses to Protect Their Color/Shape Brands in Europe

The issue faced by the EU High Court was whether shape and color of Louboutin’s mark could be separated under the circumstances; i.e., whether color …
By Dr. Dariush Adli
3 months ago 1

Trade Secrets: Contempt proceedings put miscreant in jail for failure to provide information about misappropriation

Generally, a breach of confidence under English law does not give rise to criminal liability (and the recently implemented Trade Secrets Directive only addresses civil remedies for …
By Robert Williams & Will Smith
5 months ago 6

12 Questions with Karin Seegert, COO Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Karin Seegert studied pharmacy and received her PhD from the University of Munich in 1985. Following several years working in R&D in industry, she joined the EPO …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

Protecting Trade Secrets in Europe – An Update

With the June 9 deadline for national implementation fast approaching, we surveyed colleagues in our other European offices to check the state of play in their jurisdiction. The …
By Robert Williams & Toby Bond
8 months ago 0

The GDPR In Full Effect: What Will Happen to WHOIS?

It has been a long time coming, but the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost here. This new privacy regulation requires substantial changes to the collection …
By Iris Rigter
9 months ago 5

Latest European Patent Office (EPO) Annual Report Shows Continued Growth of U.S. Patent Applications in Europe

The European Patent Office announced that U.S. companies and inventors filed 5.8% more patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2017 than in the previous year. …
By Press Releases
9 months ago 2

U.S. Patent System Falls to 12th Place in Chamber Global IP Index for 2018

While the United States continues to do well overall, patent protection continues to be problematic. In 2017 the U.S. ranked 10th worldwide in terms of offering patent …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 17

Embrace IP That Works: Importance of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) in the European Union

The European Union suffers from an investment deficit relative to other industrialized nations. A recent report by the European Commission emphasizes this impact, “the EU needs to …

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