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10 June

2020

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Special reasons? Remittals from the EPO Boards of Appeal

One of the changes to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) which came into force on 1 January 2020 was a revision of Article 11. This Article governs the remittal of cases from the Boards to the department of first instance. Under the previous version of Article 11, remittal would often... right arrow

8 June

2020

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T1159/15 – Data structures and their technical character at the EPO

While the requirement for novelty and inventive step is applied to all patent applications examined by the European Patent Office (EPO), some applications can find themselves subjected to closer scrutiny for further patentability requirements.  One of these, found most often in computer-implemented inventions, is the assessment of technical character.  If a feature of a claimed... right arrow

4 June

2020

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The EPO rules that plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable

The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the EPO has confirmed in decision G3/19 that plants, plant material or animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable. This decision represents a change from earlier EBA decisions G2/12 and G2/13 (“Tomatoes II” and “Broccoli II”). In this regard, it has been confirmed that the... right arrow

5 May

2020

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New invalidity and revocation proceedings before German Patent and Trademark Office provides for more cost efficient cancellation action options in Germany

New invalidity and revocation proceedings before German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) provide for more cost efficient cancellation action options in Germany As of May 1, 2020, German law will provide for new cancellation proceedings on relative grounds before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). While previously cancellation of a registered trademark based on... right arrow

24 March

2020

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Further Blow for UPC

In a further blow for the Unified Patent Court(UPC), the German constitutional court has today announced that the German ratification of the UPC Agreement is void.  The German constitutional court have today upheld a constitutional complaint filed in 2017 that the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) breached the German constitution.... right arrow

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