On February 4, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its first opinion addressing an appeal from a final written decision of the new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) in post-grant proceedings under the America...more
The European Patent System is in the final stages of a significant change. On November 18, 2014, European Union Advocate General Yves Bot issued a press release affirming his opinion that the European Court of Justice should...more
Europe has been bustling with recent news and development from the Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee and the European Patent Office.
New Draft UPC Rules of Procedure and UPC Status -
Following its previous announcement to repeal the 24-month limit on filing divisional applications, on December 13, 2013 the European Patent Office (EPO) announced an updated schedule of fees for filing European patent...more
Today the European Patent Office (EPO) announced that as of April 1, 2014, it will repeal the current 24-month time limit for filing divisional applications. Applicants will once again be able to file divisional applications...more
As previously announced, the preparatory committee for Europe’s Unitary Patent System is soliciting public comment on its draft rules of procedure, which will be applied by the divisions of the new Unified Patent Court (see...more
On 25 June, 2013, the Preparatory Committee for the EU Unitary Patent System published its draft Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court. U.S. and international companies can now comment on the rules. Read the alert...more