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UNITARY PATENT

In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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European Patent Office Attacks its Examination Backlog

In 2016, the EPO granted almost 96,000 patents, an increase of about 40% over the previous year.  Although they received nearly 160,000 applications in the same period, ony half of all applications filed proceed to grant, so we can expect about half (80,000) of the year’s input to proceed to grant. 

By this measure, the EPO is granting patents faster than it is receiving allowable patent applications, thus reducing its examination backlog.  Indeed, this is the first indication of a reduction in the backlog since 2008, when the office stopped reporting on the size or duration of its backlog.


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EPO Enlarged Board upholds partial priority for broadened claims - no more poisonous priorities or poisonous divisionals

Back in 2014 we wrote about the strict “same invention” rule used to establish whether a European (or UK) patent application is entitled to priority.  We wrote that...
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Unitary Patent - UPDATE

In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two Regulations and an international Agreement, laying grounds for the creation of unitary patent protection...

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March 2018

Venturefest South 2018...

PATENT ISSUES AUTUMN 2017
Highlights this issue
  • UK Supreme Court grasps nettle of doctrine of equivalents
  • Patent litigation in China
  • EPO increases its output

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