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Where Should Foreign Patent Protection Be Pursued?

Once a client has made a decision to file a patent application, invariably, at some point during the patent procurement process, assuming foreign protection is not barred, the client will be asked whether it desires to pursue...more

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

Reversion to Prior Practice on Filing Divisional Applications in the European Patent Office

In April 2010, the rules for filing divisional applications in the European Patent Office (EPO) were amended to require that in general any divisional application had to be filed within 24 months of the first official action...more

What Australian companies need to know about ‘patent oppositions’ in the US

Many Australian companies will be familiar with the pre-grant patent oppositions that are available under Australian law. Similarly, many Australian companies will be familiar with post-grant patent oppositions before the...more

A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could write “a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a...more

Annulment of Damages Awards when a Patent Subsequently Found Invalid or Partially Invalid by a Different Tribunal.

Recent cases on each side of the Atlantic have highlighted the issues that can occur when consideration of validity is separated from that of infringement and a final determination of infringement is reached by one tribunal...more

Changes in EPO Divisional Deadlines – Fees Announced

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

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

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