News – Dutch AIPPI ‘Zeist’ symposium 2020

Posted: January 30th, 2020

The Dutch AIPPI ‘Zeist’ symposium shall take place on 11 March 2020 in Hotel Figi in Zeist. The programme and registration details will be announced here.


EPO – European patent applications naming an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system as inventor refused

Posted: January 29th, 2020

EPO, Receiving Section, decisions of January 27, 2020 in consolidated proceedings on applications EP 18 275 163 and EP 18 275 174 Applicant Dr. Stephen Thaler filed two European patent applications. In the request for grant Form, the field for indicating the inventor was left empty. In reply to the invitation to designate the inventor(s), […]


News – new edition National law relating to the EPC

Posted: January 24th, 2020

The 20th edition of National law relating to the EPC is now online. “With its “National law relating to the EPC” booklet, the EPO aims to provide European patent applicants and proprietors, and all others concerned with the European patent system, with a concise guide to the most important provisions and requirements of the relevant […]


EPLAW – Congress presentations online

Posted: January 21st, 2020

Slides of presentations held at the EPLAW Congress of 29 November 2019, are now online.  They can be found here.


UK – Conversant v. Apple

Posted: January 21st, 2020

Conversant Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v Apple Retail UK Limited & Ors [2019] EWHC 3266 (Pat) The Patents Court has handed down a decision revoking Conversant Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. (“Conversant”)’s United Kingdom patent GB 2 365 712 entitled “Computing device with improved user interface for applications” (the “Patent”) on the basis that it was obvious. The […]


EPO – Priorities from US provisionals – All applicants approach confirmed

Posted: January 17th, 2020

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.08, case T 844/18  In January 2018, the Opposition Division revoked European patent 2 77 461 relating to an important aspect of the CRISPR Cas technology on the grounds of lack of novelty, denying claimed priorities from US provisional applications because not all of the applicants of the first applications […]


UK – Technetix & Ors v. Teleste

Posted: January 15th, 2020

Technetix B.V. & Ors v. Teleste Limited, High Court, London, UK, 18 November 2019, Neutral Citation Number: [2019] EWHC 3106 (Pat) This case was brought by the patentee, Technetix B.V and two licensees (the “Claimants”) against Teleste Limited (the “Defendant”) a company which manufactures electronic components. The Claimants alleged infringement of European Patent (UK) No. […]


UK – Koninklijke Philips v. Asustek Computer / Appeal

Posted: January 14th, 2020

Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Inc [2019] EWCA Civ 2230 (17 December 2019) In this judgment the Court of Appeal (Floyd LJ giving the only judgment) upheld the decisions of the Patents Court on the validity of three patents owned by the Claimant, Koninklijke Philips (‘Philips’). Arnold J (as he then was) had previously […]


UK – Teva UK Limited and others v. Gilead Sciences / SPC

Posted: January 13th, 2020

Teva UK Limited and others v Gilead Sciences, Inc. [2019] EWCA Civ 2272 The Court of Appeal has dismissed Gilead Sciences, Inc.’s appeal against a decision by Arnold J (as he then was) that its supplementary protection certificate for a product used in the treatment of HIV was invalid. Background The appellant, Gilead Sciences, Inc. […]


NL – Philips v. Asus / Appeal EP 659

Posted: January 10th, 2020

Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Asustek Computer Inc. Asus Europe B.V. and Asus Holland B.V. , Court of Appeal The Hague, The Netherlands, 24 December 2019, Case no. ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2019:3427 Philips holds various patents in the field of UMTS technology, amongst which EP 659. In first instance, Philips tried to obtain an injunction against Asus, but the […]