EPLAW PATENT BLOG

EPO – Alarming loss of Board members

Posted: July 3rd, 2015

New Business Distribution Schemes reveal an alarming loss of Board members The new Business Distribution Schemes for the Boards of Appeal for the second half of 2015 have been published on the EPO’s website, following the re-appointment of members in the Administrative Council’s meeting in the preceding week. The schemes show the following vacancies: Chairmen […]

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EPO – Letter from President EPLAW to President EPO

Posted: June 5th, 2015

Reform of the BoA – User consultation From the EPLAW President's letter dated 4 June, 2015: "EPLAW is pleased to see that the Administrative Committee (AC) and the EPO are actively engaged in furthering the independence of the BoA. "We note that in the meantime the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in its […]

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EPO – Status of the Boards of Appeal

Posted: May 1st, 2015

EPO starts consultation on the President’s proposals for a structural reform of the Boards of Appeal Decision R 19/12 of April 25, 2014 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (see post dated 05/05/2014 here) prompted the Administrative Council of the EPO to discuss possible consequences for the autonomy of the Boards of Appeal. In December […]

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EPO – A decision less green – but is it sweet yet?

Posted: April 13th, 2015

A decision less green – but is it sweet yet?, Comment to Tomato II and Broccoli II by Hanna Kompagne, Danubia Patent and Law Office The much awaited twins, G 2/12 (Tomato II) and G 2/13 (Broccoli II) are out (one may read them here). The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) of the EPO has […]

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EPO – Proceedings Before the European Patent Office / 35% discount

Posted: April 7th, 2015

We have reported earlier about the new book Proceedings Before the European Patent Office. The post may be read here. The publisher now kindly offers a 35% discount on the price (both hardback and paperback). In order to obtain the discount, readers may contact the publisher at: sales@e-elgar.co.uk and quote the discount code PTNR35.

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EPO – G 2/ 12 and G 2/13 – Tomatoes II and Broccoli II

Posted: March 27th, 2015

Enlarged Board of Appeal EPO, G 2/ 12 and G 2/13, Tomatoes II and Broccoli II, 25 March 2015, with thanks to DX Thomas for alerting us to the decision 1. The exclusion of essentially biological processes for the production of plants in Article 53(b) EPC does not have a negative effect on the allowability of […]

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EPO – Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G 3/14

Posted: March 26th, 2015

Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G 3/14, 24 March 2015, with thanks to DX Thomas, for sending in the decision In considering whether, for the purpose of Article 101(3) EPC, a patent as amended meets the requirements of the EPC, the claims of the patent may be examined for compliance with the requirements of Article […]

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EPO – TBA holds the cognitive evaluation of thumbnail image files displayed in a specific arrangement for improved image retrieval to be non-technical

Posted: March 25th, 2015

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha (Appellant Applicant), Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.07, 18 July 2014, Case No. T 1214/09-3.5.07 "Information managing device/SHARP", by Stefan V. Steinbrener, Bardehle Pagenberg Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.07 did not deny any contribution by the claimed arrangement to improved search and retrieval of stored images. However, in the Board’s judgment, the arrangement […]

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EPO – Proceedings before the European Patent Office

Posted: March 10th, 2015

Proceedings before the European Patent Office, a Practical Guide to Success in Opposition and Appeal, by Marcus Müller and Cees Mulder Edward Elgar Publishing recently published its new book on proceedings before the EPO. Rudolf Teschemacher, Bardehle Pagenberg, states on the cover: "…Proceedings before the European Patent Office: A Practical Guide to Success in Opposition […]

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EPO – Vice-president DG3 as Chairman of the Enlarged Board of Appeal – No more conflict of interests between the tasks as Vice-president and as a presiding judge in review cases?

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

EPO, Enlarged Board of Appeal, interlocutory decision of 17 February 2015 in case R 02/14 – Objections to the Chairman and members of the Enlarged Board of Appeal On May 5, 2014, this Blog reported on the decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in case R 19/12 allowing in a review case an […]

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