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Patenting Strategy Booklet

EBAN, the European Trade Association from Business Angels Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players, presents the “Patenting Strategy Booklet”.

This booklet is aimed at anyone who has to deal with patents at a practical level, with particular emphasis on companies new to IP such as start-ups. Based on over 100 years of IP experience at Kilburn & Strode LLP, this booklet can only touch on the topics but is intended to serve as a useful aide-mémoire.

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Raise awareness on IP in the biotech sector

“Biotechnology in Europe: The Tax, Finance and Regulatory Framework and Global Policy Comparison” is a joint report by Ernst & Young and EuropaBio. The reports examines what the continent has to offer to investors, entrepreneurs and researchers alike. It analyses everything from what to be taken into account when importing materials for clinical trials to the best way to exploit intellectual property within Europe’s various jurisdictions, as well as the key global locations on the increasingly important topic of R&D incentives.

Because jurisdictions influence how, when and why investors in biotechnology decide to enter or exit a business, the report weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of individual countries.

In the event that you are interested in why IP is important for biotech companies, we encourage you to read the two documents below!

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A new study on patents and standards

Standardization and intellectual property rights are key contributors to industrial innovation and industrial competitiveness. On the one side, standards ensure rapid diffusion of technologies and interoperability between products. On the other side, patents provide incentives for research and development and facilitate knowledge transfer.

Many standards comprise innovative technologies that are protected by patents. Therefore, in 2013 DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a fact-finding study on the issue of patents and standards. This fact-finding study analyses the rules and practices developed to ensure efficient licensing of standard-related patents. It also covers barriers to efficient licensing and ideas discussed among stakeholders for dealing with these barriers.

This study has now been published and should help the European Commission in its attempts to improve the European governance of licensing arrangements forstandard essential patents (SEPs). It can also be useful in the (on-going) work of standard setting organizations on their IPR policies and rules.

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Patent filings at the European Patent Office: a new record

Last year patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 2.8%, which is a new record. According to the EPO President Benoît Battistelli, "this is proof that companies from around the world continue to see Europe more and more as a premier hub for innovation”.

As in previous years, most patent filings in 2013 came from outside Europe, particularly the US and Japan.

The EPO highlighted that “European industry maintained its patenting activities at the same level as in the previous year, with marked regional differences, however.” The highest growth rates come from the Netherlands (+17.2%), Denmark (+8.1%), Sweden (+7.5%) but also member states with lower filing levels, such as Portugal (+34.5%), the Czech Republic (+26.5%) and Ireland (+9.4%). Even though Germany has seen a drop in the number of patent filings, it is still the EU member state with the highest percentage of patent filings at the EPO.

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Member States endorse Commission proposal to fill legal gaps for unitary patent protection

Ministers in the Council have today endorsed the compromise agreement on the European Commission's proposal to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection, updating existing EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgments. It is the last missing part for the establishment of a Europe-wide patent protection.

As a next step, the European Parliament now needs to vote on its report in plenary, which is expected at the latest in April 2014. The Commission is also encouraging Member States to ratify the Unitary Patent Court Agreement as quickly as possible, and to complete the preparatory work required for the Court to become operational accordingly, so that the first unitary patents can be granted in the shortest possible timeframe.

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New peak at the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 265,000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257,700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and published 66,700 patents, which was 1.7% more than in 2012 (65,600).

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National law relating to the EPC

With its "National law relating to the EPC" booklet, the European Patent Office aims to provide European patent applicants and proprietors, and all others concerned with the European patent system, with a concise guide to the most important provisions and requirements of the relevant national law in the European Patent Convention (EPC) contracting states.

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The German Patent and Trade Mark Office allows online inspection of patent and utility model files

As of January 2014, electronic file inspection of patent and utility model files is possible at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA).

From now on, parts of files can also be inspected online. The documents available for electronic inspection include office actions, decisions, search reports as well as communications relevant to the procedure and other parts of files in PDF format. Entering the file number and clicking on the button "File inspection" in the free-of-charge information service DPMAregister will lead you to the requested information. All granted patents, registered utility models as well as all applications filed that have already been published on or after 21 January 2013 will be available.

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Save the date! EPO Patent Information Conference 2014

Save the date for this event! More information will be available soon on the EPO's website.

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Tue, 11/04/2014 to Thu, 11/06/2014

European Commission proposal to pave way for unitary patent backed by Ministers

Justice Ministers have reached agreement on a European Commission proposal to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection. The proposal will update EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements and thereby pave the way for a specialised European patent court – the Unified Patent Court – to become operational. The court will have specialised jurisdiction in patent disputes, avoiding multiple litigation cases in up to 28 different national courts. This will cut costs and lead to swift decisions on the validity or infringement of patents, boosting innovation in Europe.

The European Parliament now needs to agree on the proposal before it can become law. The Parliament’s Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee is expected to vote on its report in February 2014, with a final plenary vote expected the following month.

The Commission is also encouraging Member States to ratify the Unitary Patent Court Agreement as quickly as possible, and to complete the preparatory work required for the Court to become operational accordingly, so that the first unitary patents can be granted in the shortest possible timeframe.

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