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Unitary patent: AG’s Opinion (Spanish Challenges) Re-scheduled for November

Unified patent courtThe CJEU court diary has just been updated* to show that the Advocate General’s opinion relating to the Spanish challenges to the unitary patent package (in cases C-146/13 and C-147/13) is now scheduled for 18 November 2014.

An early Christmas present beckons for either Spain or the EPO…..

The CJEU court diary can be accessed here. Screengrab below. (more…)

Clarity referral to the Enlarged Board – the EPO issues a clarifying notice (G3/14)

epologoReferral G3/14, which relates to the issue of clarity objections in Opposition and Appeal Board proceedings, is currently pending before the EPO. As noted in an earlier IPcopy post the issues concerned are fairly fundamental and have the potential to impact many post grant proceedings via the possibility of the staying of proceedings.

The EPO has recently issued a Notice concerning the staying of proceedings due to the referral of G3/14. (more…)

An Overview of Biotech Patenting

MyriadThis is the first in a series of articles about biotech inventions. The articles will explore how Patent Offices deal with biotech inventions and how the demands of biotech research and financing impact on patent strategy.

The present article provides an overview of the issues that are relevant in patenting biotech inventions. (more…)

UPC Ratification Progress in the Czech Republic & the Polish Economic Report

EU flagBack in July we reported that although there was a political will in the Czech Republic to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, there was likely to be a delay until an economic impact assessment could be carried out. Such an assessment in turn could not happen until details of the renewal fees, court fees etc. were published.

The Kluwer Patent Blog is now also reporting that, in addition to the economic factors, there is an issue over the quality of machine translations into Czech. (more…)

Unitary patent: Spain stops play?

Unified patent courtOn Monday we posted an update on the progress of the two actions before the CJEU from Spain in respect of the Unitary Patent Package (short summary: the Advocate General’s decision has been delayed). We subsequently received a notice from Dr Ingve Stjerna relating to his latest paper on the unitary patent (Regular readers will be aware that Dr Stjerna has written a number of articles on the unitary patent system which can be accessed here). (more…)

Unitary patent: Advocate General’s opinion on the Spanish Challenge is delayed

Unified patent courtSet phasers to “Wild Speculation”.

As has been widely covered, Spain is challenging the Unitary Patent Package via two actions at the CJEU ( C-146/13 and C-147/13 against the European Parliament and the European Council). In what has been a relatively quiet few months for news relating to the unitary patent and the unified patent court, IPcopy was looking forward to 21 October 2014 which was when the Advocate General was expected to publish the AG’s opinion on the two Spanish actions.

However, the IPO’s monthly newsletter IP Connect is now reporting that publication of the AG’s opinion will not take place in October and no revised date has been given (see page 5 of the October IP Connect). What does this mean? Perhaps the AG is just busy but maybe there are issues with the opinion and its potential impact on the Unitary Patent Package or perhaps the EPO’s role in the system. We’ll keep an eye out for further news on this issue but if anyone knows more please feel free to chime in below in the comments section.

Mark Richardson 6 October 2014

Revised EPO Guidelines now available (valid from 1 Nov 2014)

epologoThe EPO is revising its Guidelines for Examination and these are already available on the EPO website (I know, be still your beating hearts). This early publication of the Guidelines can be accessed here. The EPO has thoughtfully included a Track Changes option which can be toggled on and off via a check box in the top right of the screen. Once switched on additions appear on a green background and deletions in red strikethrough font.

One of the more notable changes is to the EPO’s searching practice on applications entering the regional phase. (more…)

European Patent Litigation Certificate – responses to consultation

EU flagBefore the summer recess the Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee ran a consultation on the European Patent Litigation Certificate (EPLC). Regular readers will recall that this certificate links to Article 48 of the UPC Agreement which states that parties may either be represented by lawyers authorised to practice before a court of a Contracting Member State or by European Patent Attorneys who have “appropriate qualifications such as a European Patent Litigation Certificate”.

The consultation closed on 25 July and, according to the latest Preparatory Committee roadmap, a revised version of the EPLC rules is expected early 2015. In the meantime one of our Twitter followers (thank you Guillaume S./@EPpatent) kindly pointed us at the Bristows UPC website where a few of the responses to the EPLC consultation are hosted.

Given that these responses include representatives from patent attorneys and also from lawyers we thought it might be fun to see how far apart the responses were! (more…)

Implementing the Unitary Patent provisions in the UK – the unclear scope of the software directive on UK patent infringement

GB+EU flagThe UK recently held a consultation relating to the implementation of the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the two unitary patent regulations into UK law. One of the suggested changes was the addition of some new defences to patent infringement in section 60(5) of the Patents Act. (more…)

Intellectual Property Act – Patents Opinions Service

Court (Small)The Intellectual Property Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and makes a number of changes to intellectual property (IP) law in the UK.  The provisions of the Intellectual Property Act start to come into force from 1 October 2014. In this post we take a look at the UKIPO’s Patents Opinions Service. (more…)

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