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Accelerated examination for anti-COVID patent applications

Par Damien MACE, French & European Patent Attorney
domregimbeau_mace_d_SThumb.jpg With decision n°2021-65, the French Patent Office (INPI), has launched an accelerated examination procedure for patent applications related to an anti-COVID treatment or device, or contributing to the diagnosis or treatment of COVID.
Published on: 10th May 2021

Patentability of Antibodies: The new version of European Guidelines finally contains a dedicated section!

By Cécile PUECH, French and European Patent Attorney
C.PUECH.jpg The new version of the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO, which came into force on March 1st, contains a new section that at last spells out the approach of the EPO concerning the examination of patent applications relating to antibodies.
Published on: 19th March 2021

The NEURIM approach may be restricted or even dismissed. Once again, an advocate general recommends a reversal of jurisprudence. What will the Court's position ultimately be?

By Anne BOUTARIC, Partner.
BOUTARIC_SEARCH.jpg The NEURIM decision opened the possibility to grant SPC for subsequent therapeutic indications of a known active ingredient. This decision, comprising indefinite concepts subject to interpretation, has undermined the objective that Regulation No 469/2009 is uniformly implemented within the European Union. Three requests for a preliminary ruling have since been lodged at the Court of Justice of the European Union leading to the Abraxis judgment delivered on March 21, 2019 and to the Santen case, C-673/18, in progress, in which the Advocate General delivered its opinion on January 23, 2020. The third further pending referral is the Novartis case, C-354/19.
Published on: 28th Jan 2020

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CRISPR/CAS9 failed to edit EPO priority entitlement case law

By Nicolas BOUQUIN, French & European Patent Attorney and Lucile VERNOUX French & European Patent Attorney
VERNOUXBOUQUIN.PNG In a new twist in the CRISPR/Cas9 saga, European patent EP 2 771 468 was revoked in appeal on 16 January 2020 (T 0844/18). This patent covers an important aspect of the technology and its use in eukaryotes.
Published on: 28th Jan 2020