Before the Unified Patent Court can come into being, and the EPO can grant the first Unitary Patent, thirteen of the twenty five signatories (including UK, France and Germany) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court are required to ratify the Agreement. According to the EPO, Austria, France and Sweden have now ratified the […]
Insights: May 2014
A post-grant opposition period is to be re-introduced into Japanese patent law. The new procedure will allow any third party to object to the grant of a patent by the JPO on grounds of patentability, without having to follow the higher cost and more laborious route of an invalidity trial. The previous post grant opposition […]
There are many little known and little used corners of Patent Law. This article shines a light on one such area. At the end of 2007 the European Patent Office (EPO) introduced a new procedure which enables the proprietors of European patents to limit or revoke their patents centrally. On grant, European patents become separate […]
Zack Mummery takes a look at how added matter is dealt with in the UK courts, with a particular focus on the recent Court of Appeal decision in AP Racing Ltd v Alcon Components Ltd. Added matter is a topic of significant importance in patent law in the UK, Europe and further afield. Broadly speaking, […]
The right to be heard is an aspect of justice one would expect to be enshrined in legal systems around the world. It is indeed enshrined in the European Patent Convention that the European Patent Office may only base decisions on grounds or evidence on which the parties concerned have had an opportunity to present […]
Aidan Robson, Alice Findlay, Helen Wakerley and Tom Sharman of Reddie & Grose LLP will be attending this year’s International Trademark Association conference in Hong Kong.
A new patents act has recently been passed in New Zealand. The Patents Act 2013 will come into force on 13th September 2014, although some parts of the Act are already in force. The current patents legislation in New Zealand is more than 60 years old, so an update is perhaps overdue. One of the […]