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Patents are of National Origin

Patents are Obtained Country by Country - All intellectual property professionals are aware that patents are issued, as a general rule, country by country. However, some inventors are under the misimpression that once...more

Enlarged Board of Appeal referral – Challenging clarity of post-grant amendments

Lack of clarity is not a ground for opposition before the EPO, but can be raised against amendments filed during the opposition proceedings. In accordance with Article 101(3) EPC, any amendments made to a granted patent...more

Protecting Your Export Market by Patenting In Europe is Getting Easier

U.S. exports hit a record high of $188.7 billion in December 2012. This is part of a long (albeit inconsistent) trend of growing exports, which goes back to the early 1990s and has been particularly strong and steady since...more

May 2013: Germany Litigation Update - Recent Developments in Determining Patentability of Claimed Software Inventions in Germany

In recent years, the German Federal Court—the appellate court for nullity (invalidity) proceedings in Germany —has begun addressing the scope of patentable subject matter for software patents claiming graphical user interface...more

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