EPLAW PATENT BLOG

EPO – Willy Minnoye and Raimund Lutz appointed as Vice-Presidents

Posted: October 29th, 2010

In its meeting of October 26 to 28 2010, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Belgian Willy Minnoye and German Raimund Lutz as Vice-Presidents of the EPO with effect from January 1, 2011. Mr. Minnoye will succeed Mr. Hammer (DE) as Vice-President of Directorate General 1 – General Operations, which is […]

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EPO – Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.08 renders decision on automatic genotype determination in the field of bioinformatics. Features pertaining to a general manner of analysing data are found to be ignored in assessing inventive step

Posted: October 27th, 2010

Beckman Coulter Inc. (patentee) v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH (opponent), Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.08, 23 June 2010, Case No. T 0784/06-3.3.08, with thanks to Stefan Steinbrener, Bardehle Pagenberg, for sending in the case, summary and head note This appears to be the first decision of an EPO board of appeal explicitly dealing with aspects of bioinformatics. […]

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EPO – News from the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO

Posted: July 21st, 2010

EPO – News from the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO (Oral proceedings in cases G 2/07 and G 1/08 and two new referrals to the EBA) reported by Rudolf Teschemacher, Bardehle & Pagenberg EPO, Enlarged Board of AppealOral proceedings in cases G 2/07/BROCCOLI and G 1/08/TOMATOES The oral proceedings were accompanied by protests […]

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DE – Walzenformgebungsmaschine

Posted: May 16th, 2010

Walzenformgebungsmaschine, Bundesgerichtshof, Federal Court of Justice, Germany, 15 April 2010, Case No. Xa ZB 10/09, with thanks to Bernhard Arnold, Arnold Ruess
The German courts have to take into account decisions made by the instances of the European Patent Office or by courts of other contracting states of the European Patent Convention which concern a substantially equal question, and have to discuss the grounds, as the case may be, which …

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EPO – Enlarged Board of Appeal G 3/008 – Computer Implemented Inventions / Inadmissable

Posted: May 14th, 2010

Enlarged Board of Appeal, 12 May 2010, Case no. G 3/008, with thanks to Willem Hoyng, Howrey "T 424/03, Microsoft does deviate from a view expressed in T 1173/97, IBM, concerning whether a claim to a program on a computer-readable medium necessarily avoids exclusion from patentability under Article 52(2) EPC. However this is a legitimate […]

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EPO – No general ban on double patenting, T 307/03 (OJ EPO 2009, 422) not followed, internal priority: patent may be granted on application identical to the patent granted on priority application

Posted: April 29th, 2010

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.02, 27 April 2010, Decision No. T 1423/07, not to be published in OJ, – Cyclic Amine derivative/BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA GmbH
The applicant filed a first European application on which a patent was granted. Claiming the priority of the first application, he filed a second European application which was refused by the Examining Division on the grounds that the claims on file were identical to the claims granted in the first application from which priority was claimed. Reference was made to the Guidelines for Examination according to which patents in the name of the same applicant must not contain claims of substantially identical scope.

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EPO – Convention on Biological Diversity and the exception to patentability for inventions which are contrary to “ordre public” or morality

Posted: April 22nd, 2010

EPO, Opposition Division, decision dated 20 April 2010, revoking European patent 1 429 795 (open to appeal)
European patent 1 429 795 is directed to a method for producing an extract from Pelargonium sidoides and/or Pelargonium reniforme, characterized by subjecting the roots of the plants to certain steps in order to obtain the extract. The description mentions that Pelargonium sidoides has been traditionally used in Southern Africa as a medicament for a long time.

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EU/EPO/DE – Recent relevant cases

Posted: April 21st, 2010

A set of recent relevant EU, EPO and German cases, head notes and summaries in English (listed below) has been added to the blog. The posts are published on the date of the judgment. With thanks to Tilman Müller-Stoy, Bardehle Pagenberg
New cases

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EPO – R9/09 – Petition for review rejected as clearly inadmissible because objection to procedural effect was not raised during appeal proceedings as required by Rule 106 EPC

Posted: April 1st, 2010

EPO, Enlarged Board of Appeal, 22 March 2010, Case No R 9/09
This petition for review concerns decision T71/06 dismissing the appeal of the patent proprietor against the decision of the Opposition Division revoking to revoke its patent. The petition for review was filed on the grounds of Article 112a(2) (c) and (d), i.e. “fundamental violation of the right to be heard” and “any other fundamental procedural defect defined in the Implementing Regulations”

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EPO – No-show at oral proceedings before Board of Appeal in order to save costs may turn out to be expensive

Posted: March 31st, 2010

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.2.03, 18 November 2009, Decision No. T 212/07, not to be published in OJ, – Ancon CCL Limited (appellant/opponent) v. Normteq B.V. (respondent/patentee)
In a considerable number of cases, parties summoned to oral proceedings before the EPO do not appear. This is not only detrimental to the efficiency of the work of the EPO but may also cause superfluous costs for the adversary. Whereas, as a rule, each party has to bear its own costs, the departments of the EPO may, for reasons of equity order a different apportionment of costs.

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