Intellectual property news and updates

New EPO guidelines provide clarity on the examination of AI inventions

The latest update of the Guidelines for Examination at the European Patent Office provide some clarity for AI inventions. We take a look at the details.

UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On World IP Day 2018, the UK IP Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, announced the ratification of the UPCA. We look at the details of such a ratification.

Recordal of a Transfer of a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office guidelines have been updated concerning the recordal of a transfer of a European patent application.

European patents extended to Tunisia

Tunisia will become a validation state of the European Patent Convention from 1st December 2017

Accelerating examination of European patent applications

New changes will be made for the accelerating examination of European patent applications. Wilson Gunn discuss in detail.

Pick a number between 1 and 25: claim construction – Smith and Nephew v Convatec

As many readers will be aware, the most important part of a patent application is its claims: the claims define, in words, what the invention is. Some claims include ranges, limiting the scope of protection to the extent that certain components are present in an amount falling within the range. So it was with ConvaTec’s European Patent No…

Consultation Document on Unified Patents Court Fees Is Released

Measures are now well underway for the establishment of a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The UPC will be a single court covering up to 25 countries and will have jurisdiction over the new European patent with unitary effect (Unitary patent). The UPC will also have jurisdiction over traditional European patents. However, for a transitional…

When is an African patent a European Patent?

European patents extended to Morocco An agreement has been reached between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government that European patents are able to be extended to Morocco. As of 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request a designation for Morocco against the payment of a fee (€240…

EPO appeal board clarifies approach where a UK company party to proceedings ceases to exist, but is later reinstated

A notice of opposition was filed against EP1058580 B1 by Formalities Bureau Limited (FBL), a Company incorporated under the laws of the UK. While opposition proceedings were still pending, FBL was struck off the Register and therefore ceased to exist. Nevertheless, opposition proceedings in the name of FBL were continued, and following an…

Patent developments between Europe and North Africa

A review of changes agreements between Europe and Africa in facilitating Patent law

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