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By Bethany Brown
It's getting closer to Christmas and as the festive period approaches the drop in temperature and change in atmosphere mean it's definitely time to change to that winter wardrobe.
By Joanne Addison
Before a European patent application is granted, the EPO sends a notice of allowance to the applicant along with a copy of the text intended for grant which the applicant either approves for grant or requests correction/amendment.
By Bethany Brown
World Toilet Day is a day dedicated to encouraging people to take action to ensure that everyone in the world has a safe toilet by 2030.
By Joseph Lenthall
On 14 November 2018 the Supreme Court handed down its decision that Warner-Lambert's EP(UK) patent relating to the second medical use of pregabalin for the treatment of pain is invalid.
By David Brown, (Ellie) Li Min
By David Brown, (Ellie) Li Min
The conference drew an audience of more than 90 intellectual property practitioners.
By Rachel McGlue
The 8th of November 2018 marks the anniversary of the discovery, by Wilhelm Conrad Rӧntgen, of the X-Ray in 1895.
By Bethany Brown
To celebrate the spookiest day of the year we take a look at some Halloween-themed patents and designs.
By Frances Wilding, James Ward
Since 2012, the EPO has each year updated the Guidelines to follow changes to the European Patent Convention and its rules and also to follow developments in case law and evolution in EPO policies and practices.
By James Ward, David Lewin, David Brown, Magnus Johnston
In mid-2016 the EPO introduced "Early Certainty from Opposition", announcing that streamlined internal workflows would apply to first-instance opposition proceedings as from 1 July 2016
By Eamon Robinson
The amendments to the Guidelines update and clarify the guidance on replacement and removal of features from a claim, with updated case law references.
By Susan Gregory
Today marks the World Health Organisation's Mental Health Day, providing an important platform to raise awareness of mental health and to help to remove the stigma associated with it.
By Joanna Rowley
A summons to oral proceedings before the Examining Division is usually only issued after at least one examination report – if not several – has been issued.
By Caroline Day
The updated Guidelines provide an extended section in relation to mathematical methods and, for the first time, a section dedicated to AI and machine learning.
By Matthew Howell
The update of the EPO's Guidelines for Examination introduces dedicated sections covering the patentability of methods for performing mental acts, methods for playing games and methods for doing business.