Posts Tagged: european patent


EPO ready for the first Unitary Patent as soon as the ratification requirements are met

One of the great aspects of the Unitary Patent is that it follows the normal EPO procedure up to grant. And indeed, the search and the examination …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

Exclusive with Grant Philpott: Patenting Computer Implemented Inventions in Europe

We try to be precise and stick to CII because “software” in itself is a term which lacks precision. It can refer to a high level program, …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

UK Supreme Court says regardless of Article 2, doctrine of equivalents exists under UK patent law

The UK Supreme Court recently addressed the extent to which under the European Patent Convention 2000 (“EPC 2000”), a patentee may obtain protection against products or processes that are …
By Patrick Cantrill
4 months ago 4

The To DO List for the Unitary Patent Package

The sunrise period for opting out traditional European patents is planned to start on 1 September 2017. Since such opt-outs will now be done electronically through the UPC case …
By Wouter Pors
9 months ago 1

Brexit: Will it stop the European Unitary Patent before it starts?

As the UK indeed voted for Brexit, the Unitary Patent system will now have to be re-negotiated altogether. The Unitary Patent Regulation states that the Unitary Patent …

Italy Brings the European Unitary Patent A Step Closer to Reality, But 3 Hurdles Remain

In October, Italy, one of the last holdouts to the European Unitary Patent, joined the party, leaving Spain and Croatia as the only members of the 28-member …
By Michael V. Sneddon
2 years ago 1

Toward a More Favorable Patent System: European Patent Reform

Sherry Knowles: "If a company identifies a weak patent now, it might file an inter partes review or post grant review at the U.S. Patent Office. …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

The Unified European Patent: What it Means for International Enterprises Seeking Protection on the Continent

On February 19, 24 members of the 27 European Union signed a unified patent court agreement in Brussels, Belgium. Bulgaria is expected to sign once it completes internal administrative procedures, …
By Michael V. Sneddon
5 years ago 0

Europe Achieves Historic Agreement on Unitary Patent

The European patent with unitary effect (unitary patent) in the 25 participating states is based on two regulations, one creating the instrument, and one on the applicable language …

Broad Claims to Signals & Computer Program Products in EPO

The good news is that signal claims and broad claims to computer program products are obtainable in Europe. However, such claims are only grantable if the necessary …
By Paul Cole
5 years ago 4

Article One Partners Hunts for Prior Art for European Patents

I have not previously noticed AOP doing Studies relative to foreign patents, but the hunt for prior art knows no boundaries and it seems only logical that …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 1

USPTO Advisory on US Application as Priority for EPO Filing

Because 35 U.S.C. 122 prohibits the USPTO from providing information about an as-yet unpublished application to a third party without the applicant’s consent, timely delivery of …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 9

Two US Inventors Nominated for European Inventor Award

Two American scientists have been nominated for the European Inventor Award (EIA), which is presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO) to outstanding inventors for their …

Cautious Optimism: The 2012 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator

The report shows that the mood for 2011 was cautiously optimistic compared to previous years, with fewer organizations experiencing budget reductions and a greater percentage of IP tasks …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 2

An Overview of the PCT International Patent Process

A PCT application doesn't automatically lead to global patent protection. Instead, you eventually need to apply for patents in each of the countries and regions where you …
By Jeffrey Shieh
6 years ago 5