New – Taylor Wessing Patent Map

Posted: January 21st, 2016

“Taylor Wessing’s International Patents Group is delighted to launch the Taylor Wessing Patent Map, a unique online interactive tool which compares the patent litigation regimes across Europe. What does it do? It allows the user to select countries in Europe and instantly get answers to the key questions about the law and practice for patent litigation […]


EU – Protection of confidential information during legal proceedings

Posted: January 14th, 2016

Protection of confidential information during legal proceedings : Proposal for a EU Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets), by Pierre Véron and Thomas Bouvet, Véron & Associés On 18 December 2015, the European Council made publicly available a new version of a “Proposal for a Directive of the European […]


VPATAPP Patent app

Posted: January 5th, 2016

The earlier announced VPATAPP patent app has been improved. The app now also provides a worldwide patent law firms directory; links to supplementary protection certificates across different European countries; and an updated list of patent blogs. The app already provided links to: 1. Worldwide patent blogs from different regions like USA, Europe, BRIC, Latin America, […]


Book – Patent Enforcement Worldwide

Posted: December 18th, 2015

Patent Enforcement Worldwide, Writings in Honour of Dieter Stauder, Third Edition, Edited by: Christopher Heath From the blurb: “This book features 15 country reports on the patent enforcement practice of the world’s most litigated countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Litigation strategies for both right owners and alleged infringers are explained against the background […]


IT – Italy Implements its Patent (IP) Box

Posted: November 16th, 2015

Italy Implements its Patent (IP) Box, by Massimiliano Patrini, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale The Patent Box, established with the Legge di Stabilità 2015 (Law December 23, 2014 n. 190) is a irrevocable and optional regime of detaxation, of quinquennial duration (starting from January 1, 2015), concerning the incomes deriving from the direct or indirect […]


ES – The New Spanish Patent Act

Posted: November 5th, 2015

The New Spanish Patent Act, by Luis Fernández-Novoa, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER On July 25, 2015, the Official Spanish Gazette published the new Patent Act, Act 24/2015, which will replace the existing Act 11/1986. Since its promulgation –motivated at the time by Spain’s adhesion to the European Economic Community and the need to adapt its obsolete […]


NL – Symposium on the requirement of inventiveness

Posted: November 2nd, 2015

Symposium on the requirement of inventiveness; Patent warming – is the inventive step analysis to blame? Following the defence of the dissertation ‘The Evolution of the Inventiveness Requirement’ by Lodewijk Pessers (see below), the Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam) organizes an international symposium on the inventiveness requirement in patent law and, more […]



Posted: November 2nd, 2015

Patent app VPATAPP in Android Play Store store Maker Vijaykumar Shivpuje contacted the EPLAW Patent Blog to present the Android based mobile application called 'VPATAPP'. This app is available free of cost on Android Play Store.  The app provides links for 1. Worldwide patent blogs from different regions like USA, Europe, BRIC, Latin America, Africa, and Asia-pacific […]


DE – Rotorelemente

Posted: September 17th, 2015

Rotorelemente ("Die member"), Bundesgerichtshof, Germany, 12 May 2015, Case No. ZR 47/13The Federal Supreme Court held in its very important decision “Rotorelemente” (“die member”) that a claim has always to be constructed in light of the description and the drawings. This holds also true for a claim which is logical in itself and therefore does […]


ES – Court news from the Madrid front: boosting greater specialization

Posted: August 27th, 2015

In Spain, jurisdiction over civil patent disputes in the first instance is exclusively held by the so-called Commercial Courts (Juzgados de lo Mercantil). These Courts, which have been in operation since 1 September 2004, were actually instituted on the occasion of a comprehensive reform undertaken the previous year on the former insolvency law, by assigning […]