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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of... more +
The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -

Patentability of Diagnostic Methods in Europe

Like the USPTO, the European Patent Office (EPO) considers that the discovery of a natural phenomenon is not patent eligible. However, unlike the USPTO, the EPO takes the view that a patentable invention can derive from a...more

Claim Drafting Strategy for Filing in the US and Europe

by Workman Nydegger on

Although obtaining a patent in Europe is similar to the process of obtaining a patent in the US, there are some important distinctions that should be considered when drafting a patent application that will be filed in both...more

UPC Preparatory Committee publish end of year summary

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, Alexander Ramsay, the Chair of the Preparatory Committee published the following article on the UPC website summing up 2017 and the plan ahead for 2018...more

Bolar Exemption in Europe and Asia

Bolar exemption in Europe - The Bolar exemption is governed by European Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community Code relating to medicinal products for human use. Article 10(6) excludes from infringement of patent rights or...more

CJEU-Referral: SPCs for drug-device combinations?

by DLA Piper on

The German Federal Patent Court (FPC), in its decision of 18 July 2017, referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the question whether and under which prerequisites the granting of a Supplementary...more

UK completes all legislative steps required to ratify the UPC Agreement

by Allen & Overy LLP on

With the approval on Tuesday by the House of Lords of the Unified Patents Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017, the UK completed the final parliamentary step on the road to readying itself to ratify the Unified Patent...more

[Webinar] Roadblocks Ahead: Refusal/Rejection and Options for Further Action - December 13th, 10:00am ET

If you come up against a brick wall during examination at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a number of options and strategies may still be available to you. Please...more

Patentability of Natural Products in Europe

There is currently a significant divergence in practice between Europe and the United States when considering the patentability of naturally-occurring products. Since the Myriad decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the USPTO...more

EU Commission Publishes Major IP Package: Guidance Given on the EU Approach to SEPs and on the EU IP Enforcement Directive

by WilmerHale on

Last week, the EU Commission published a number of important documents on IP. The documents include (i) a communication paper “Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents,” and (ii) a communication paper...more

2017 European Patent Office Updates

The European Patent Office recently revised its Examination Guidelines. These Guidelines are primarily directed to the patent examiners and formalities officers of the EPO, but they are also helpful to anyone practicing...more

The European Commission publishes communication on Standard Essential Patents

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 29 November 2017 the European Commission (the Commission) published the long-awaited “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, and the European Economic and Social Committee”, setting out...more

An EC Communication on SEPs – Not More Not Less

A summary of the European Commission’s Policy Document on standard essential patents (SEPs). After considerable preparations and consultation the European Commission has on 29 November 2017 issued a Communication “setting...more

Brexit Bill - Impact on patents

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“).  This article...more

IPunkt - October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Kurze Einleitung - Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser, diesen Monat ist es endlich wieder soweit. Der IPunkt kehrt in neuem Gewand zurück. Passend hierzu haben unsere Autoren die neuesten Updates im Bereich des IPMT kurz...more

Preparing European Priority Applications for Stronger U.S. Patents

The current U.S. patent climate mandates a heightened focus on quality prosecution. For consumer product companies headquartered in Europe, and for those that regularly innovate there, this means preparing and filing European...more

A Stricter EPO? The EPO Updates its Guidelines for Examination

Effective 1 November 2017, the European Patent Office (EPO) has updated its Guidelines for Examination. While we have already reported the modifications relating to the practice of assignments, here we uncover some of the...more

The Goods on IP - October 2017

The October 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's The Goods on IP® discusses using your utility patent portfolio to expand design protection, tips for aligning your consumer product European patent portfolio with U.S. best...more

4 Key Takeaways: The Hague Agreement & Design Filings – Things You Need to Know & Do

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Babak Kusha, along with a panel of other thought leaders, recently presented a Knowledge Group webinar on the topic of “The Hague Agreement and Design Filings.” The Hague Agreement is an...more

USPTO and EPO Examiners Discuss Key Considerations for Filing Effective Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics Applications in the...

At a symposium and webinar presented by Fenwick & West and Mewburn Ellis, we asked U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office examiners to provide perspective on the preparation and prosecution of patent...more

Stricter Assessment of Assignment Documents by the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently introduced more stringent checking of documents filed in support of a transfer of rights. This will apply whenever the EPO is asked to update its records of the ownership of a...more

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

by Hogan Lovells on

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of...more

UPC and Germany: Status update - Constitutional complaint, ratification timeline and more

by Hogan Lovells on

The constitutional complaint against the UPC ratification that was lodged with the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany earlier this year has received a lot of attention over the past few months as it could have the...more

ITC Denies Request to Modify Protective Order

by Jones Day on

In a recent Notice, the Commission denied Respondents’ motion to modify the administrative protective order (APO) to permit them to use a third party’s confidential business information in related European proceedings....more

Canada Institutes Certificates of Supplementary Protection for Approved Drug Products

On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signed between the European Union (EU) and Canada provisionally entered into force in Canada.  Among other things, this agreement seeks to harmonize...more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

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