Unitary patents are coming – are they right for you?

Unitary patents are coming – are they right for you?

What is a unitary patent? Traditionally, when a European patent is granted by the European Patent Office (EPO), it is validated individually in each EPC contracting state of interest to the applicant/proprietor. Each of those contracting states is then responsible for...
New SPC Referral to CJEU

New SPC Referral to CJEU

Questions on the European SPC Regulation, in particular in relation to SPCs for combination products, have been raised at the CJEU many times over the years. It is therefore hoped that this newest referral may provide some much-needed clarity. Background For an SPC to...
T 0013/20 – Internet Publication Dates

T 0013/20 – Internet Publication Dates

Overview T 0013/20 concerns the refusal of a patent application with a priority date in July 2004, where the relevant citation is D2: W.E. Ryan: “An Introduction to LDPC Codes”, XP002336953, pp. 1-23. A date of “August 19, 2003” – i.e. before the priority...