Revisions to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) came into force on 1st January 2020. The EPO’s stated aims are to increase efficiency, predictability for the parties concerned and harmonisation in the way appeals are handled by the Boards of Appeal. Additionally, the revised RPBA introduce changes to the way cases are managed to allow the Boards of Appeal to organise their resources appropriately.
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).
European Patent Office and China National Intellectual Property Administration announce enhanced PCT cooperation
The European Patent office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) have recently announced an agreement to give patent applicants filing an international patent application, in English, at the CNIPA as receiving office, the choice to opt for the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA). It is currently expected that this new option will be introduced sometime in 2020, and be implemented as a two-year pilot programme.
“European SMEs generally make effective use of European patents to protect their key inventions, and successfully commercialise up to two thirds of them”, according to a new study published by the European Patent Office (EPO). However, serious challenges remain, ranging from a lack of IP expertise and resources available to SMEs, to the need for more contacts to support their commercialisation efforts across Europe.
In modern manufacturing and design processes, computer models and simulations play a key and ever expanding role. Whereas previously many different prototypes may have had to be individually machined and then tested, now each design can be tested virtually. This allows optimal designs to be found without incurring any of the expense, or expending any of the time, associated with manufacturing multiple custom prototype components and designs- here we focus on the automotive sector.
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have jointly published a report examining the relationship between IP activity and the growth prospects of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The Grantham Institute has released an interesting report highlighting 18 priority technological innovations with significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This report reveals that urgent research and development in particular areas will be needed if we are to have a chance of avoiding a climate breakdown.
To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table, Zack Mummery takes a look at the unusual question of whether individual chemical elements could be patented.