The EPO says they’d be ready to get going with Unitary Patents later this year. Has anyone else spotted the (Br)elephant in the room? According to a press release published by the European Patent Office (EPO) on 10th January 2020, the EPO president António Campinos and his team have recently met with the Chair of the EPO Unitary Patent (UP) Select Committee and members of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee from the EU member states. The main item on the agenda for them was a discussion of the most recent developments concerning the implementation of UP and UPC (the so called Unitary Patent package, which we have talked about here).
Insights: EPO President
We take a closer look at the pending referral by the EPO President to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the question of “inadmissible” or “late filed” appeals. This case involves an interesting and complex interplay of linguistic analysis, legislative intention and, dare we say it, EPO politics.
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