It is expected that the first Unitary Patents will be granted within the next year. In view of this, many applicants of pending European applications may wish to delay the grant of their applications so as to be able to benefit from obtaining a Unitary Patent covering all countries participating in the Unitary Patent, alongside conventional national validations of the European Patent in other EPC countries.
This week, KleinVision’s AirCar made headlines as it was granted an airworthiness certificate in its native Slovakia. Here we will take a look at some of the recent activity in this field as well as the trends going forwards.
A recent landmark ruling has clarified infringement claim time limits for Community plant variety rights (CPVRs) where right holders are aware of the infringement.
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement to establish a Unified European Patent Court and the associated Regulations to allow the creation of a Unitary Patent were issued at the end of 2012. Now, almost ten years later, Austria’s deposition of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement moves us a step closer to the establishment of the UPC and the issue of the first Unitary patent.
In this insight, we will aim to demystify AI and explain some of the commonly used concepts underpinning its implementation.
Optis And Unwired Planet v Apple  EWHC 2564 (Pat) – in FRAND disputes what is a willing licensee? And does Apple’s desire to “pick and choose” make them an unwilling licensee?
The expected standard of behaviour of a Standard Essential Patent (SEP) holder and a potential licensee involved in a patent dispute, and considers the opposing arguments put forward by Optis and Unwired Planet (as patentee) and Apple (as defendant) seeking to determine the correct approach to negotiating a licence on Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
As of 30 November 2021, the European Patent Office accepts Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) attached to electronically filed documents submitted as evidence to support requests for registration of a transfer of rights under Rules 22 and 85 EPC. Similarly, the EPO will also accept such electronic signatures to support request for registration of a licence or other rights under Rule 23 EPC.
COP26 in Glasgow was long heralded as the last chance for the world to come together with a plan to preserve the climate, and the world as we know it, for future generations. The conference concluded with a pact claiming to keep alive the goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C; a result which has been met with guarded optimism given that, at the start of the conference, the world was facing warming of at least 2.4C.
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