Intellectual property news and updates

Clearing the decks

Wilson Gunn has been successful in securing a declaration of non-infringement for its client Tek-Dek Ltd in relation to a European patent in the UK in the name of Flexiteek International A/S.

EPO to introduce additional fees for filing divisional patent applications

The EPO has amended Rules 36, 38 and 135 EPC which deal with the requirements for filing divisional patent applications. This will enter into force on 1st April 2014.

Patents fast-track via new Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) launched on 6 January 2014. The GPPH is a pilot scheme between 17 participating national and regional patent offices.

Step forward for Online Patent Translation

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced this week that the language coverage of their free translation tool Patent Translate is now complete – one year ahead of schedule.

Rule 36 EPC will change from 1 April 2014

After consultations between the European Patent Office and the patent profession, the change to Rule 36 EPC has been repealed within just 4 years and will change from April.

Is your business affected by the EPO's strict time limits for filing divisional patent applications?

When a patent application contains more than one invention, in order to protect each one it is usually necessary to divide the second and subsequent inventions out into separate ‘divisional’ patent applications which are treated as having been filed at the same time as the first ‘parent’ application.

London Agreement - four years on

The Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the European Patent Convention, more commonly referred to as the London Agreement, entered into force on 1 May 2008.

Google adds European Patent data, and a Prior Art Finder service, to Google Patents

For many years anyone wishing to undertake searches of the full text of European patents has had to use commercial, and often expensive, patent searching software, or the European Patent Office’s own Espacenet search database.

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