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[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

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

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

Compulsory patent license for protected active substances for individualized therapies

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In a recent decision ("Raltegravir"), the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) has for the first time confirmed a compulsory patent license granted by the German Federal Patent Court (FPC) in first instance in a preliminary...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

[Event] Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics at the EPO and USPTO - September 21st, Mountain View, CA

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As traditional biomedical research and data science have converged, we have seen an influx of patent application filings in this newly developing space. The prepar?ation and prosecution of these cross-disciplinary patent...more

[Webinar] Prior Art: Understanding and Attacking Prior Art Rejections - September 6, 10:00am ET

Join us for a compare and contrast discussion on what constitutes prior art in the United States and in Europe, and how to respond to rejections over that art. Relying on over sixty years combined prosecution experience...more

Latest Developments in European Patent Law: How to Apply Them in Both the United States and Europe

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Agenda: • UK Supreme Court Decision on Infringement – “Equivalents” – Use of the prosecution history • Doctrine of Equivalents in the United States • Plausibility before the EPO and UK courts – Inventive step of...more

News from Abroad -- EPO Applies Doctrine of Plausibility to Small Molecule Pharmaceuticals

In Decision T 488/16, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (BoA) have revoked EP 1 169 038, which protected the blockbuster protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) inhibitor dasatinib (Sprycel®). The only request on file...more

Taking Advantage of the Global Supply Chain for Patent Examination

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Innovation and Traditional Patent Process - When you develop an innovation, its potential patentability is typically unknown, thus making it difficult to determine whether it is worth the significant expense involved if...more

Clarifying or Conforming? The EPO Bows to the European Commission

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In December, we reported that the European Commission ("Commission") had issued an Interpretive Notice (2016/C 411/03) stating products produced by essentially biological processes should not be patentable. The notice came as...more

Actavis v. Eli Lilly1: Back to the future - The UK Supreme Court changes the test for patent infringement

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The UK Supreme Court rarely hears patent cases, and will only hear cases that it considers to be fundamentally important. The court's July 12 judgment is most significant for changing the test for infringement in the United...more

New EPO Rules For Patenting Plants and Animals

The EPO has clarified its approach to the patentability of plants and animals by making changes to its rules. Article 53(b) EPC derives from an EU Directive (Article 4(1) of Directive 98/44 EC) and excludes from...more

News from Abroad -- EPO Lifts Stays of Proceedings Following Implementation of New Plant Patent-Eligibility Rules

On 3 July, the European Patent Office (EPO) lifted its stays of proceedings on cases that had been held in abeyance pending new rules on the patent-eligibility of plant-related subject matter. Following an intervention by...more

Smart technology – patents

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With devices getting more advanced and our reliance on connectivity ever increasing, smart technology is a burgeoning space extending in all directions. Although there is little question that much of this space is patentable,...more

EP Opposition and US Inter Partes Review Decisions Go Hand In Hand

It is often desirable to obtain patent protection for inventions both in Europe and the United States. As a result, competitors frequently look to Europe and the US as important jurisdictions for challenging the validity of a...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - June 2017

Revocation Proceedings Around the World - Mechanisms to challenge the validity of granted patents are available in many countries throughout the world. The June 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent Prosecution...more

The Essentiality Test – Falling Out of Favour at the EPO?

The European Patent Office (EPO) has a notoriously strict approach when considering amendments to patent applications. If an amendment extends the subject matter beyond the content of the application as filed, then the...more

Patent Grace Period Laws in the IP5 Patent Offices: Some Similarities But Largely Different

Life science and other high technology companies most frequently file patent applications in five IP offices (IP5), namely: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japanese...more

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at the EPO

It should come as no surprise that the home of the Bundesautobahn has multiple mechanisms to speed up patent prosecution. And since the average pendency of a European application is approximately four years[i], patentees will...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - March 2017

The March 2017 inaugural issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information and practical tips for accelerated examination strategies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Please see...more

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