Posts Tagged: epo


Strong Roots: Comparative Analysis of Patent Protection for Plants and Animals

Much has been written about the uncertainty in U.S. patent law concerning laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas following the Supreme Court’s decisions …

‘Not a Field of Giants’: Trends in 3D Printing Tech Include Key Contributions from U.S., Small Companies

On July 13, the European Patent Office (EPO) published a landscaping study titled “Patents and additive manufacturing: Trends in 3D printing technologies”. The study highlighted current trends and …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 months ago 1

Envisioning a Future of AI Inventorship

For the past 60 years, scientists have been able to utilize artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other technological advances to “promote the general science …”. U.S. courts …
By Paul Ashcraft
5 months ago 3

UPDATED: Global IP Offices Respond to COVID-19

We live in interesting times. No corner of professional or personal life seems untouched in at least some way by the latest coronavirus (named SARS-CoV-2) and the …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 1

EPO Provides Reasoning for Rejecting Patent Applications Citing AI as Inventor

Earlier this month, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) each rejected two patent applications that designated an artificial intelligence named DABUS …
By IPWatchdog
9 months ago 20

Eight Tips to Get Your Patent Approved at the EPO

Patent prosecution can sometimes seem to be a rather byzantine process. As with anything, the more you understand, the better prepared you will be for the strategic …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 6

EPO and UKIPO Refuse AI-Invented Patent Applications

The European Patent Office has refused two European patent applications that designated an artificial intelligence called DABUS as the inventor, following a non-public hearing on November 25, 2019. The …
By James Nurton
10 months ago 46

Patentees Need to Act Fast as the EPO Opposition Timeline Tightens

In early 2019, we undertook a comprehensive research project to develop a forensic understanding of European Patent Office (EPO) oppositions, particularly in the life sciences sector, analyzing EPO …
By Katherine Green & Emily Hayes
11 months ago 2

IP Holds Lessons for Antitrust Law; No Monopoly on Patent Appeals the Way to Go

In November, the UIC John Marshall Law School held their 63rd Annual Intellectual Property Conference in Chicago, IL.  The program consisted of four plenary sessions and nine …
By Renee C. Quinn
11 months ago 1

European Patent Office Study Shows Patents Matter for SMEs, Economic Growth

“IP matters for the European economy,” said Yann Ménière, the chief economist for the European Patent Office (EPO), who provided the opening keynote presentation at …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 6

Searching for Answers to the Standard Essential Patent Problem

Later this year (likely in October), the United Kingdom’s highest court will hear arguments on questions arising in two disputes concerning standard essential patents (SEPs). The …
By James Nurton
1 year ago 0

Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Computer-Implemented Invention Patents at the EPO

In the final installment of my interview with three examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO), we wrap up our conversation about their approaches to examining computer …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 4

Software May be Abstract, But a Computer-Implemented Invention Produces a Technical Effect

In Part II of my interview with three examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO), we continue the conversation about their advice, pet peeves, and approaches to …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 17

How to Help an EPO Examiner and Improve Your Odds of Patenting a Computer-Implemented Invention

I recently had the opportunity to speak on the record with three examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO) about their advice, pet peeves, and approaches to …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

A Proposal for Reforming the Current UK Patent Law System Post-Brexit

"It is, to me at least, regrettable that because these apparently simple words [computer programs ... as such] have no clear meaning both our courts and the Technical …
By Oskar Luong
1 year ago 13