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Prosecuting green patents around the world

Prosecuting green patents around the world The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) launched the Green Channel in 2009. The Green Channel is a scheme which allows applicants to request accelerated prosecution of patent applications directed to an invention which has an environmental benefit. Since the launch of the green channel in the UK, a… Read more »

EPO 2022 fee increases

EPO 2022 fee increases The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced a rise in many of its official fees to take effect from 1st April 2022. The announcement, published with full details of the new fees in the EPO Official Journal in January 2022, follows the Decision of the Administrative Council of 15th December 2021… Read more »

European Commission launches feedback period on SEPs

European Commission launches feedback period on SEPs As part of the European Commission’s (EC) initiative titled ‘Intellectual property – new framework for standard essential patents’, the EC has now published a call for evidence and a public consultation on standard essential patents (SEPs).  This planned consultation was mentioned in our earlier article reporting the UK… Read more »

2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – Clarification of section on patentability of antibodies

9. Clarification of section on patentability of antibodies This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination.   We are pleased that the comments on patentability of antibodies in Guidelines Part G, Chapter II, section 5.6 has been clarified and updated. AA Thornton’s Craig Turner discussed this with… Read more »

2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – Data retrieval, formats and structures

8. Data retrieval, formats and structures This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination.   This section G-II, section 3.6.3 includes a minor clarification (underlined below): “A data structure or format contributes to the technical character of the invention if it produces has an intended technical use… Read more »

2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – Computer simulation, design or modelling – following G1/19

6. Computer simulation, design or modelling – following G1/19 This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination.   The section of the Guidelines relating to patentability of computer simulation (Part G, Chapter II, section 3.3.2) has been changed significantly following the comments of the EPO’s Enlarged Board… Read more »

2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – New example assessment of invention including mathematical method steps

5. New example assessment of invention including mathematical method steps This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination.   There is a second new example assessment of inventive step at G-VII, 5.4.2.4. This example assesses a computer-implemented method of determining areas in which there is an increased… Read more »

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