Patent Rule Changes

European Patent Office Fee Increases 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) increase their fees on 1 April every two years. The revised fees which will take effect from 1 April 2016 have just been announced and can be found here.   We were all set to write an urgent blog post, imploring urgent action to avoid the urgent price hikes of […]

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One step closer to a unitary patent system

  In the last few months a number of decisions taken by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Selected Committee of the Administrative Council of the EPO and the a number EU of member states have taken us one step closer to the completion of a system for unitary patent protection in […]

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Unitary Patent Renewal Fees

The respected IPKat blog has recently published a post with information about renewal fees for the upcoming unitary patent.  These proposals have reportedly been submitted by the President of the EPO to the Select Committee of the Administrative Council for their opinion.   The Unitary Patent   As a recap, the EU agreed a unitary […]

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European Patents will soon be extended to Tunisia

The European Patent Organisation has made an agreement with the Tunisian government that will allow European patent applicants and proprietors to validate the legal effects of their European patents and applications on Tunisian territory, even though Tunisia is not an EPO member state.   Validated European patent applications and patents will have the same legal […]

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Intellectual Property Bill passes through parliament

Last week highlighted the importance of intangible assets in the UK economy and showed the wheels of democracy slowly turning to improve protection of your intellectual assets.   Government figures published on 31 March show that UK investment in intangible assets now totals £137.5 billion and nearly half of this investment, £65.6 billion, was protected […]

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EPO fees are increasing from 1 April 2014

  Don’t forget that the European Patent Office (EPO) are going to raise their fees with effect from 1 April 2014.   In general, most fees will increase by around 4%.  However one exception is the appeal fee which will rise by 50%, from EUR 1240 to 1860.   In addition, new filing fees for […]

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EPO Rule Changes – Divisionals and Unity of Invention

The European Patent Office have recently announced some upcoming changes in practice before the European Patent Office, which are to do with divisional applications.   Divisional Filing Deadlines   Historically, European divisional applications could be filed at any time when the parent was pending. This was revised with effect from 2010 to introduce a two […]

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