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AG’s Opinions on the Spanish Challenges to the Unitary Patent – English translation

IMG_8533On Friday last week, a mere 101 days from the day the Advocate General delivered his opinions in C-146/13 and C-147/13 the English translations of those opinions finally became available*.

The AG’s opinion (English version) in C-146/13 relating to enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection can be found here.

The AG’s opinion (English version) in C-147/13 relating to enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements can be found here. (more…)

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Annual Patent Seminar: Bits ‘n Bobs

stacked-booksWe’ve covered the patent case review from the above seminar in some detail but in among the main presentations were a few other points (relating to the unitary patent in Germany and the need to check the UK Patents Register when finding the current granted claims) that stood out and are probably not long enough in their own right for a full post. (more…)

The EPO Boards of Appeal – Christopher Rennie-Smith: Workshop Review

epologoOn 13 February Keltie held its first workshop in our new location at London Bridge. The speaker at this event was Christopher Rennie-Smith who came to share his experience of 15 years as a member of the EPO Boards of Appeal, most recently as chairman of a Board of Appeal (biotechnology) and member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

Christopher’s brief was to provide an overview of the functioning of the EPO Boards of Appeal with insights on the process from a Board perspective. This excellent seminar covered areas such as common perceptions, delays, communications, evidence, late submissions, oral proceedings and beyond appeals. This post will generally follow the structure of the talk. Christopher highlighted at the outset that he would not be considering specific cases or the current “politics” surrounding the independence of the Boards of Appeal. (more…)

USPTO Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility: Abstract Idea Examples

photo-3rThe USPTO issued Interim Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility back in December last year. As well as the interim guidance itself a number of “Nature-based Product” examples were released and a number of “Abstract idea” examples were promised. A couple of weeks ago the USTPO updated their guidance to include the Abstract Idea examples which can be found here. In this post IPcopy takes a quick gander through the new examples to see what light, if any, they shed on the new guidance. (more…)

Unitary Patent Update: More from the UK’s UPC Taskforce & renewal fee discussions

IMG_8533-0Another UK UPC Taskforce email issued last week with the latest state of play on the implementation of the system. A couple of other unitary patent matters also caught the eye of IPcopy so here’s another round up of unitary patent bits and pieces. (more…)

Prior art in strange places: The Beano, Donald Duck and 2001 as prior art

Prior artA conversation seen on Twitter the other week got me thinking about prior art originating from strange places. We’re all used to receiving patent literature or conference papers as prior art. Sometimes if you’ve “pitched the invention wrong” you might even receive a Wikipedia page as prior art but what’s the oddest prior art you’ve seen in a patent or other IP related case?

How about 2001: A Space Odyssey? Or The Beano? Or a Donald Duck comic? Believe it or not, these are actual sources of prior art as we’ll see below. (more…)

Unitary Patent System: On the ‘Unconstitutional’ Misuse of Conflict-of-Law Rules – Max Planck Institute Paper Overview

IMG_8533-0We previously highlighted Dr Stjerna’s recent analysis of the unitary patent package (UPP) and the Spanish challenges. This time round it’s the term of Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and the paper “The European Unitary Patent System: On the ‘Unconstitutional’ Misuse of Conflict-of-Law Rules” which can be accessed here. A very brief set of points arising in the Drexl paper is summarized below and the reader is encouraged to read the entire paper (that at 20 pages is a fairly quick read).

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Unitary patent updates from the UK’s UPC Taskforce & No Irish Referendum in 2015?

IMG_8533-0Things are relatively quiet in unitary patent land but an update email from the UK’s UPC Taskforce plopped into IPcopy’s Inbox last week with the latest state of play. A summary of the update email plus a quick look at Ireland’s planned referendums this year is below. (more…)

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Annual Patent Seminar Review: Part 2

stacked-booksWe posted a review of the first half of Gordon Harris’ review of the patent cases of 2014 earlier this week (see here). In this post we cover a selection of cases from the remainder of Gordon’s talk. (more…)

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Annual Patent Seminar Review: Part 1

stacked-booksIPcopy was fortunate enough to attend the ever entertaining annual patents seminar at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. last week. The event kicked off with Gordon Harris’ run through of some of the more interesting cases of 2014. So here, is part 1 of IPcopy’s recap of Gordon’s run through! (more…)

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