A recent decision of a European Patent Office (EPO) Technical Board of Appeal has shed a little more light on the EPO’s approach to assessing the clarity of claims including product-by-process features. The EPO considers a product-by-process claim allowable if the product itself is novel and inventive and if there is no other way of […]
Insights: May 2015
The European Patent Office (EPO) recently released its Annual Report, which includes European patent filing statistics for 2014. The full report can be found on the EPO website, along with an easier to digest infographic here. The report is generally encouraging: including applications filed directly at the EPO and international (PCT) applications entering the European […]
This year’s BIO team is Michael Roberts and Daniel Shaw. They will be attending this year’s conference in Philadelphia, from 15th – 18th June. If you would like to meet a member of the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot on the heels of the Decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union to reject Spain’s objections to the Unified Patent Court, and with it the Unitary Patent, the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court has now issued a consultation on fees. The full details can be found here. Comments may […]
The latest round of the ongoing dispute between Microsoft – owners of the SKYPE voice-over-internet (VOIP) service – and British Sky Broadcasting, (BSkyB) purveyors of a wide range of broadcast and internet services under the mark SKY – has been decided by the General Court of the European Union in BSkyB’s favour. (Skype Ultd v […]
If you have been following the story so far, you will recall that there has been a general desire amongst many European countries to have a single patent that covers the whole of Europe (the Unitary Patent) and a single court in which patent disputes are judged (the Unified Patent Court). However, some countries have […]