Patent Loopy

OR: Topping up knowledge of European Patent strategies     I’ll happily get absorbed in any sport but one which I enjoy is snooker, as well as the related sports of pool and billiards.   When you are learning to play snooker, the first basic skill you need to learn is how to pot the balls. […]

Posted in EPO, Patents, Strategy, Tricks of the Trade | Posted by Pete |

Let’s not panic about Brexit

So, it looks like the UK has voted to leave the EU.   Like other areas, the way that intellectual property (IP) system will be affected has been the subject of much debate and dramatic forecasts from both sides.  However, much more will stay the same than will change, and there is no need for […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

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 […]

Posted in EPO, Patent Rule Changes, Patents | Posted by Pete |

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 […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Patent Rule Changes, Patents, Strategy | Posted by Gerard Giraud |

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 […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Patent Rule Changes, Patents, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

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 […]

Posted in EPO, Patent Rule Changes, Patents | Posted by Pete |

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 […]

Posted in EPO, Patent Rule Changes, Patents | Posted by Pete |

Tricks of the Trade – Online Patent File Inspections

My professional career started in 2000, and so I have been privileged to work in a era where electronic and online communications have been the norm.  Over my time working I have seen evolution of various online resources from basic versions to more advanced.   Some key sites that I use are the online file […]

Posted in EPO, Patents, Tricks of the Trade, UK, US | Posted by Pete |

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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