9 February



Clinical trials and prior disclosure – a difficult balancing act for patentees

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently ruled that patients in a clinical trial were not members of the public such that the trial did not constitute prior public use of a pharmaceutical formulation (Board of Appeal decision T 0670/20). This decision adds to the growing body of EPO case law surrounding the topic of... right arrow

19 January



Change to compliance period of UK divisional applications

The way of determining the compliance period of a UK divisional application is changing on 1 May 2023. From 1 May 2023 a newly-filed divisional application will be accorded a compliance period which is the same as the original and un-extended compliance period of the original parent application (i.e. the original UK application at the... right arrow

7 December



EPO confirms that practice of conducting oral proceedings by videoconference will continue, including before opposition divisions

The EPO has recently issued a decision confirming that oral proceedings before examining divisions, the Legal Division, the Receiving Section and now, permanently, opposition divisions will be held by videoconference (VICO) unless there are serious reasons for holding these in person. This decision issues as we approach the expiry of the pilot for holding opposition... right arrow

5 December



UPC Announces Two Month Delay to Start Date

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) have today announced that the start of the Sunrise Period for the new UPC is being delayed by two months to 1 March 2023. This means that the court itself will now open its doors on 1 June 2023. There had been widespread calls in recent weeks for a delay... right arrow

28 November



EPO announces transitional measures for the Unitary Patent to encourage an early uptake  

As we wait to see if the previously indicated start date for the sunrise period of the opening of the #UnifiedPatentCourt is the actual start date, the EPO has confirmed it will be introducing two transitional measures for users with European patent applications that have reached the final stage of the prosecution procedure, and where... right arrow

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