Intellectual property news and updates

G4/19: Is double patenting permissible at the EPO?

Double patenting occurs when two patents are granted that relate to identical subject matter.

Update on EPO proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak

New measures have been announced for Examination and Opposition Division and Board of Appeal cases.

‘Notorious’ prior art divides EPO Board of Appeal and Examining Division over computer-implemented invention

The EPO Board of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Examining division, on the basis of 'notorious' prior art which could not be reasonably contested.

EUIPO issues warning about IP scams

A recent scam has led to the European Union Intellectual Property Office issuing a warning to their users.

German courts deal a blow to hopes of a European Unified Patent Court

The German constitutional court has upheld a constitutional complaint against their ratification of the Agreement on the new UPC.

Changes to European Patent Office Official Fees from 1 April 2020

EPO official fees will be changing from 1st April 2020.

EPO and EUIPO temporarily extend all deadlines due to COVID-19 outbreak

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak the EPO and EUIPO have extended deadlines.

UK and the UPC

The UK is not expected to take part in the new European Unified Patent Court system despite previous ratification.

Brexit Update - The UK leaves the EU

The UK will leave the EU at 23.00 GMT today, and enter into a transition period currently due to end on 31 December 2020.

Can a non-human be a patent inventor?

Following up from our article on the listing of a computer program as the inventor of a patent the UKIPO has now come to a decision as to whether a non-human can be listed as an inventor

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