EPO – recent developments and background re plant products produced by essentially biological processes

Posted: December 11th, 2018

Exceptions to patentability – Plant products produced by essentially biological processes, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04, decision of 5 December 2018 in case T 1063/18, reported by Dr. Rudolf Teschemacher, Bardehle Pagenberg The reported decision sets the refusal of an application for new pepper plants and fruits with nutritional value aside. The ground for refusal was that […]


EPO – Syngenta / TBA: rule 28(2) excluding plant products from patentability is void

Posted: December 7th, 2018

At oral proceedings, which took place on 5 December 2018, Technical Board of Appeal 3304  held that Rule 28(2) EPC -excluding plant products produced by essentially biological processes from patentability- is in conflict with Article 53(b) EPC as interpreted by the Enlarged Board of Appeal in decisions G 2/12 and G 2/13. The Board referred […]


EPO – Revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

Posted: November 16th, 2018

The revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) agreed upon by Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC) and the President of the Boards of Appeal is now available in English. This revised draft of the RPBA will provide the basis for the User consultation conference on 5 December 2018. At […]


EPO – Appeal proceedings – Scope of discretion to disregard late submissions

Posted: October 19th, 2018

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.2.05, decision of June 13, 2018 in case T 1914/12 The patent in suit directed to a method of adhesive bonding had been revoked on the grounds of lack of inventive step starting from document D51 as closest prior art in combination with document D3. In appeal proceedings, the proprietor […]


EPO – New version Guidelines for Examination (2018)

Posted: October 18th, 2018

The Guidelines for Examination 2018 (in English), including an index dedicated to computer-implemented inventions and a full list of amended sections, are now available online for preview. They enter into force on 1 November 2018.


EPO – The scope of application of the prohibition of double patenting

Posted: August 8th, 2018

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.01, decision of September 5, 2017 in case T 2563/11 – Double patenting The application in suit had been refused because the set of claims contained 2 claims which were identical to 2 claims contained in the patent granted on its parent application. The applicant submitted that the Examining Division […]


EPO – The right of priorities – an overview of recent EPO case law

Posted: May 25th, 2018

The right of priorities: Recent developments in EPO case law, by dr. Rudolf Teschemacher, Bardehle Pagenberg Recent decisions passed by three different instances of the EPO have significant effects on the patentability of inventions under European patent law. All of them concerned the validity of patents to be assessed in opposition proceedings. Applicants should be […]


NL – Ono v. Pfizer

Posted: March 1st, 2018

Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Limited v. Pfizer Inc., Interlocutory Judge District Court The Hague, 27 February 2018, Case no. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2018:2284 Ono filed a European patent application EP ‘517 A1 entitled: ‘Immunopotentiating compositions comprising anti-PD-L1 antibodies’. After the rejection of Pfizer’s third party observations at the EPO, Pfizer lodged proceedings at the German Verwaltungsgericht in Munich claiming […]


EPO – Principle of partial priorities applied to the assessment of what is the first application from which priority can be claimed

Posted: January 24th, 2018

EPO, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.07, decision of November 9, 2017 in case T 282/17 – Coated tablets/JOHNSON & JOHNSON In its decision G 1/15 (OJ EPO 2017, A82), the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO had decided that a generically defined claim may enjoy partial priority from a first application disclosing an alternative […]


EPO – EBA decides on undisclosed and disclosed disclaimers

Posted: December 20th, 2017

EPO, Enlarged Board of Appeal, decision of December 18, 2017 in case G 1/16 – Disclaimer III, to be published in OJ EPO In its decision T 437/14 (OJ EPO 2017, A50), Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.09 had referred 3 questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) concerning the proper standard to be applied […]