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The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of the United Kingdom, and consequently Gibraltar, leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of...more

The Effect of BREXIT – What US Intellectual Property Practitioners Need to Know: The Patent Perspective

This is the first of two blog postings relating to the impact of Brexit on IP law. The second will address trademark practice. June 24, 2016, will certainly be considered a momentous day in European history, as the...more

Alert: Brexit and the European Patent System

The result of the UK's referendum on European Union membership is that the UK has decided that it will leave the EU. For now, the UK remains part of the EU. The withdrawal process requires that formal notice be given of the...more

If The UK Votes To Brexit (Depart From The EU), How Will Your IP Rights Be Affected?

On June 23, 2016 the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar will vote in a referendum to remain in or leave the European Union (EU). If the UK votes to leave, according to Article 50 of the European Union Treaty, the...more

The New European Unitary Patent System

The new Unitary Patent System is expected to go into effect in the spring of 2017. This system will bring a groundbreaking change to the European patent landscape as it allows patentees to apply for a European Patent with...more

AER Seeks to Hold Directors, Officers Personally Liable for Obligations of Insolvent Corporate Licensees

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently released Bulletin 2016-10 (Bulletin), as a reminder to directors and officers of corporate holders of AER oil and gas well licences (Licensees) that they may be personally...more

USPTO Holds Patent Quality Symposium

On April 27th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a Patent Quality Community Symposium at the Office in Alexandria, VA (consistent with its efforts to disseminate its workforce into regional offices, the offices in...more

USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

USPTO Launches Public Global Dossier Access

On November 20, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched Dossier Access – a public online interface providing access to the file histories of related applications from participating patent offices around...more

Expanding the PPH in Australia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has paved the way for the European Patent Office (EPO) to partner with the Australian Patent Office in a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The PPH program has been in use...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: Bioindustry Association

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

New PPH Pilot Agreement between CIPO and EPO

A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (the EPO) came into effect on January 6, 2015. The pilot will last for a period of...more

PPOs and Other Non-HMO Products Now Require Approval and Periodic Reviews of Network Adequacy in New York

The New York Legislature recently enacted legislation that will require all health insurance plans that issue policies that provide for the use of a provider network to obtain network adequacy certification. The new...more

Controlling Patenting Costs

Now more than ever one needs to ensure value for money in creating and maintaining a patent portfolio. Not only are budgets decreasing or stagnant, but the number of countries that need to be considered is increasing. ...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

EPO Divisionals Update

In October 2013, we reported that the EPO had removed the time limits for filing divisonal applications. An outstanding detail at that time was the level of the fees that would be levied for filing second or any subsequent...more

Comforted By The Seat Of Justice - No Going Behind The EPO's Decision To Grant A Patent

The Court of Appeal recently ruled in Virgin Atlantic Airways v Jet Airlines (India) & Zodiac Seats UK and others that the English courts cannot go behind the European Patent Office's ("EPO's") decision to grant a European...more

The Danger of Self-Colliding Divisional Applications in the EPO

Last week I had the honor of speaking at the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update put on by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association’s Chemical Practice Committee. The entire program was...more

News from Abroad: EPO Clarifies Extent to which Methods Involving Use of Human Embryos Are Excluded from Patentability

Generally, the European Patent Office does not allow claims to methods involving the use of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes. It was therefore perhaps not surprising that the Examiner objected to the...more

Breaking The Shackles – Changes To Divisional Application Practice In Europe

From 1 April 2014, the 24 month deadline to file a divisional patent application in Europe will be abolished. From this date, divisional applications can be filed at any time provided the parent application has not proceeded...more

More EPO Rule Reversals: Additional Searches Available During European Regional Phase

The EPO has announced rule changes that will provide applicants with the option to have additional searches carried out during the European regional phase of Euro-PCT applications....more

European Patent Office Eliminates “Two-Year Divisional” Rule

Office changes rules for filing divisional applications so they are no longer time barred. On October 18, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) announced that the 2010 amendments to Rule 36 of...more

EPO’s Turnaround for Divisional Applications

On October 16, 2013, the European Patent Office’s Administrative Council adopted amendments to the rules for divisional applications. It repealed the 24-month time limit for the filing of divisional applications in Rule 36...more

European Patent Office repeals 24-month deadline for filing divisional patent applications

In a move being cheered the world over by patent practitioners and patent applicants alike, the EPO has announced an amendment to EPO Rule 36, thereby signaling the end of the 24-month time limit imposed on the filing of...more

It’s Back To The Future For The EPO Divisional Application Deadline Rules

The EPO has announced that it is changing the EPO divisional application deadline rules to eliminate the current 24-month deadline for filing divisional applications, and permit the filing of a divisional application as long...more

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