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Logic and Proportion – Enfish and Resolving the Mysteries of Alice

white rabbitThe US software patent environment is very different in the year following Alice v. CLS than in the year after State Street v. Signature .  It was expected that when the Supreme Court finally had to take a view on eligibility of subject matter, things would change.  After years of waiting for the other shoe to drop, it did (in a strange multi-stage process involving  Bilski v. Kappos, Mayo v. Prometheus and Alice) – but nobody seems terribly sure where it landed. (more…)

The only alternative to the EU is chaos? Brexit and trade marks/designs discussed at the CIPA Symposium

GB+EU flagThe European Council president Donald Tusk suggested recently that Brexit could bring chaos. Does this doom laden warning extend to the world of IP?

In an earlier post we covered the discussion at the CIPA Symposium on Brexit as it related to the unitary patent system (summary: Brexit probably won’t be good for the unitary patent). In this post we recap some of the issues discussed in the sessions on general legal implications of withdrawal from the EU, the impact on European trade marks and Community registered designs and some wider implications of Brexit. (more…)

“Pretty bad to very very bad” – Brexit and the UPC discussed at the CIPA Symposium

GB+EU flagNewspapers reported last week that Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, regarded a vote to leave the EU as having “pretty bad to very, very bad consequences” for the UK. This view was echoed by four of the five panelists at the CIPA/IP Centrum Brexit Symposium on Thursday 12 May. The symposium, hosted by Gwilym Roberts, included a contribution from Kevin Mooney who has been heavily involved in preparations for the (hopefully) upcoming unitary patent system.

In this post IPcopy will take a look at the implications for the unitary patent system in the event of a vote to leave the EU. (more…)

Want to be a Judge at the UPC? Recruitment now open

IMG_8533-1The unitary patent system is moving towards launch with most people anticipating the start of operations to occur at some point next year. The Unified Patent Court is to comprise a registry, Court of First Instance and a Court of Appeal. The Court of First Instance will have a central division based in Paris, with sections in London and Munich, and a number of local and regional divisions spread through the Contracting Member States. The Court of Appeal will be in Luxembourg.

A court needs judges though and the UPC is now looking for applicants to recruit as both the legally qualified and technically qualified judges. The recruitment process is now open and the closing date is just under two months away on 4 July 2016. Vacancy notices can be found here (EN, FR, DE). (more…)

USPTO – Patent Subject Matter Eligibility – May 2016 Update

USThe USPTO has recently issued an update to their training materials and guidance on subject matter eligibility. The new materials, which may be found here, contain a memo to US patent Examiners and some more examples in the life sciences area. There is an open ended comment period for the general public to make comments about patent subject matter eligibility topics (comments may be sent to 2014_interim_guidance@uspto.gov and will be uploaded for viewing onto the USPTO website). (more…)

Searching patents in Japan, China, Chinese Taipei and Korea

Database post - patent office logosDespite web browsers’ handy translate functions, it can still sometimes be hard to search for patents in other languages, particularly non-European languages which many of us won’t have a vast amount of experience with. It may have been that to get information about a Japanese patent, for example, one would have to email a Japanese attorney to source the information.

But no more! It seems some at the EPO might have been having a similar problem, and so the EPO’s Asian patent information services have put together a number of instruction guides on how to search patent databases in Japan, China, Chinese Taipei (also known as Taiwan) and Korea – without even the additional translation help of a browser. (more…)

Unified Patent Court – April 2016 Update

IMG_8533Today we have an update on progress towards the unitary patent and the implementation of the UPC.

The Preparatory Committee met last week in Luxembourg to discuss a number of matters including the recruitment package for judicial appointments. Adverts for UPC judges should begin to appear from early next month. It is noted that UPC First Instance judges are to be paid in the region of 132,000 Euros per year and Court of Appeal judges will receive 144,000 Euros per year.

The Committee also discussed a draft code of conduct for practitioners. This code of conduct, which is not yet available for review, is expected to be signed towards the end of May. (more…)

US patent eligibility issues after Alice: webinar review

photo-3rA recent webinar about addressing section 101 issues in US patent prosecution following the Alice decision provided a handy overview of the best way to avoid and counter Alice objections and also helpfully highlighted the relevant USPTO patent eligibility examples to look at when drafting claims to different types of invention. A summary of some of the highlights of the webinar is presented below: (more…)

Creating an inventive ideas template

13973292868ccz8Introduction:

A template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document. When one opens a template, it is pre-formatted in some way to guide the user.

One simple yet effective way to build a level of discipline into the invention capture process is to define a standard template for inventive ideas and insist it is taken into use. It is worth defining the inventive ideas template with carefully considered fields and guidance tips, which meet the needs of your invention capture process. This will help the inventor community understand what is expected of them. It also ensures inventive ideas are captured in a consistent manner.

If the idea is of potential value and is patentable, then the inventor should complete such an inventive ideas template. Completing the template should be considered as the first step in the patent creation process but it does not constitute the filing of the patent application.

The template should be completed for each discovery or inventive idea that has some potential commercial value or represents a breakthrough in technology.  (more…)

Easter Patents

easterEaster is upon us and across the land thousands of children are planning on celebrating the story of the Resurrection by stuffing themselves full of chocolate. (Those of you idly wondering what the Easter Bunny has to do with the Resurrection of Jesus are cordially pointed to this explanation!)

IPcopy thought we’d take this opportunity to see what kind of Easter related IP we could find…

US Design Patent USD703277 discloses a set of toy bunny Easter egg ears. Of note however is the downright sinister bunny depicted in the drawings (see for yourself below). My 9 year-old son saw this picture and declared “he looks like he wants to kill someone”. Possibly not the angle the draftsman was aiming for… (more…)

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