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One year Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court in facts and figures

We are already one year into the new European patent and court system – a year of eagerly watching and waiting to see how the Unitary Patent (UP)and the Unified Pat...

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Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent: One year on – where are we now and what have we learned so far?

It was not all that long ago that a new, unique, unified patent and court system came into force in large parts of Europe: After more than 50 years of controversial discussion...

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Quality Dashboard of the EPO – useful for applicants?

A few days ago, the European Patent Office (EPO) started publishing quality indicators on a specially created quality dashboard (see:

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The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that its fees will increase from 1 April 2024

The European Patent Office will increase most of its fees by an average of around 5% as of April 1, 2024. The fee increase will be significantly higher for the 3rd and 4th ren...

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European Parliament Supports Use of Some Plants Generated By New Genomic Techniques (NGT) But Opposes Patents for all NGT Plants

In a vote held on 7 February 2024, the European Parliament (EP) approved a proposal to

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Determining the value in dispute in patent nullity proceedings if the pharmaceutical product in question does not make use of the teaching of the contested patent – Value in Dispute V

In nullity appeal proceedings, on the application of the appellant the Federal Court of Justice ruled on 23 January 2024 (case no. X ZR 161/23 - not published yet) to signific...

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