Following the significant increase in the excess claim fee several years ago, it has now become quite common to reduce the total number of claims in an EPO application by introducing preferred or optional features in claims. This is often done when entering the EPO regional phase, for instance
In brief, Ericsson’s standard essential patents (SEPs) have proven to rightfully cause an interim injunction when a FRAND agreement has not been reached. Best It World has thus been restrained from importing products that infringe Ericsson’s SEPs relating to for example 3G and EDGE.
The USPTO has launched Global Dossier, on online portal which allows patent applicants to access the patent examination documents of related applications filed in the US, China, the EPO, Japan and Korea.
The 7th joint meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS) & the Wound Healing Society (WHS) was held in Copenhagen this year. Over 250 delegates from Europe and the US gathered to discuss the latest findings in wound healing research.
One of the basic concepts of copyright is "reproduction". The concept refers to the author's right to control the production of the number of copies, or the act of copying the works created, which can be various written texts or TV programs/films.
Patent searches may now be conducted in the EPO’s databases using your smartphone, since the EPO has added mobile versions of Espacenet and the European Patent Register to its small-screen optimized website, m.epo.org.
On 1 November 2015 an agreement allowing European patents to be validated Moldavia entered into force. This means that for European applications filed on or after 1 November 2015 it will be possible to request, after grant of the application, validation in Moldavia against the payment of a fee.
The Nobel Peace Prize is decided by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. This year the prize is awarded to “The Tunisian Dialogue Quartet” for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”.
For all the benefits to mankind and wondrous revelations of the workings of the world by Physicists, Chemists or Medical experts, it is still the Nobel Prize in Literature which typically is most noted and discussed in public.
Tomas Lindahl (a Swede working in the UK), Paul Modrich (from the USA) and Aziz Sancar (a US/Turkish citizen, working in USA) have been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on " mechanistic studies of DNA repair".
The Federal Circuit of the US established years ago that direct infringement of a claimed method under 35 U.S.C. §271(a) requires that all steps be performed by or attributable to a single entity, Muniauction, Inc. v. Thomson Corp., 532 F.3d 1318 (Fed. Cir. 2008).
Following a decision from the Board of Judges dated 2015-09-16, the appointment of Charlotta Vink and Pontus Winqvist to serve as technical experts at Stockholm District Court and Svea Court of Appeal in accordance with Swedish Patent law has been renewed.
Recently, Ericsson extended their lawsuit against Apple by filing suits in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The suits were filed after expiry of an offer from Ericsson to enter into arbitration with Apple.
What does the number 1 really mean? This simple looking question has been put to the test by the UK Court of Appeal in Smith & Nephew Plc v ConvaTec Technologies Inc, relating to ConvaTec’s patent EP(UK)1,343,510. The claim in question related to a process that specified an “agent