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Unified Patent Court: Ratification by Italy, entry into force for the end of 2017 ?

by Sylvain THIVILLIER, Head of the Munich Office
v5570- Sylvain THIVILLIER.jpg On February 10, 2017, Italy became the 12th member state ratifying the International Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC). Italy, who had initially expressed reservations regarding the project of a new European system for patents, composed of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), now gives a strong message in ratifying the UPC agreement and we hope that this is an optimistic sign for a rapid entry into force of the UP and UPC
Published on: 14th Feb 2017

European Patents soon to be valid in Cambodia!

by Julie TOUEG, French Patent Attorney
Toueg_search.jpg Following last year’s accession to the PCT (effective as of 8th December 2016), on 23rd January 2017 Cambodia signed an agreement with the EPO to extend the validity of European patents to Cambodia, upon request of the applicant.
Published on: 6th Feb 2017

Book: Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (French only)

​The Patent system in Europe will undergo major changes with the upcoming entry into force of the agreements establishing the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent. Download the outline (french only) or order the book on the link below.
Published on: 24th Jan 2017

The European Patent Office Clarifies the Standard for Partial Priority

by Jérôme COLLIN, Partner
Collin_search.jpg In case G1/15 the Enlarged Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office has just released the order of its decision as follows: “Under the EPC, entitlement to partial priority may not be refused for a claim encompassing alternative subject-matter by virtue of one or more generic expressions or otherwise (generic “OR”-claim) provided that said alternative subject-matter has been disclosed for the first time, directly, or at least implicitly, unambiguously and in an enabling manner in the priority document. No other substantive conditions or limitations apply in this respect.”
Published on: 1st Dec 2016

Modification of the Terms for Refunding the Examination Fee of a European Patent Application

by Julie TOUEG, IP Attorney
TOUEG.jpg A decision of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation relating to the refund of the examination fee, of 29 June 2016, amends Article 11 of the Rules Relating to Fees (RRF).
Published on: 26th Aug 2016

First Remarks as to the Implications on Intellectual Property Following the BREXIT vote of 24 June

This morning, Friday 24 June 2016, the British referendum result in favour of BREXIT was announced, meaning the United Kingdom has voted to leave of the European Union. What will be the initial consequences in the intellectual property field?
Published on: 24th Jun 2016

Unified Patent Court: No Opt-Out Fee!

by Sylvain THIVILLIER, Head of the Munich Office
v5570- Sylvain THIVILLIER.jpg On 24 and 25 February 2016, the Preparatory Committee for the UPC met and agreed on a text stating the “Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs” linked to the UPC, in which it should be noted that the official fee for opting out of the exclusive jurisdiction of the UPC has been removed.
Published on: 2nd March 2016

Is 2016 the final stretch before the entry in force of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court?

By Christian TEXIER, Partner, and Sylvain THIVILLIER, Head of the Munich Office
TEXIER THIVILLIER.JPG The reference texts defining the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court allow us already to identify certain general principles for these systems. During the last 2 years, the Preparatory Committee of the UPC has done tremendous work to draft the rules of implementation for these new systems, rules which should be adopted in the following (next few?) months.
Published on: 9th Feb 2016

Amendments Before the European Patent Office

by Sylvain THIVILLIER, European and French Patent Attorney
v5570- Sylvain THIVILLIER.jpg The possibility of amending a patent application has been enshrined in the European Patent Convention (EPC) as a right given to any applicant. The EPC however also provides safeguards to preserve the rights of third parties. This paper aims at explaining how the safeguard provided by Article 123(2) EPC is applied at the European Patent Office (EPO).
Published on: 19th March 2015

Filing of Divisional Applications : Amendement of the implementing regulations to the Europaen Patent Convention

By Frédérique DURIEUX, French and European Patent Attorney
v4255-Frédérique DURIEUX-RIVAS.jpg The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office has just adopted an amendment of the requirements for the filing of divisional applications.
Published on: 5th Nov 2013

Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court : Europe adopts two new tools for innovation

By Christian TEXIER, Partner
C.Texier 65x65.jpg The Council of the European Union adopted Monday December 17 2012, two regulations relating to the creation of unitary patent protection and its translation arrangements.
Published on: 18th Dec 2012

The French Supreme Court and the Secrets of the London Agreement

By Jean-Robert CALLON DE LAMARCK, Partner
J.R.Callon 65x65.jpg Commentary on the Judgement of the French Court of Cassation dated 2 November 2011
Published on: 2nd Nov 2011

The European Patent is doing well… and the draft of the “Unitary” Patent is going forward…

By Frédérique FAIVRE PETIT, Partner, European and French Patent Attorney - Cabinet REGIMBEAU
vignette F.FAIVRE-PETIT (3).jpg In 2010, the number of European patent applications reached the highest level in the Office’s 34 year history, with some 235 000 filings representing an 11% increase on patent applications filed in 2009.
Published on: 27th April 2011