Intellectual Property made easy

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

The animations are available at the following link.

EPO training events - Guidelines2day and Article 84 EPC

The European Patent Office (EPO) with the support of the epi (Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO) is organising a series of training events designed for patent attorneys and IP professionals around Europe.

The events will cover:

  • the impact of the amendments in the new Guidelines for Examination, with the focus on how to optimise patent prosecution before the EPO;
  • procedural changes which are not covered by the Guidelines but which are nevertheless relevant to professional representatives;
  • how the EPO evaluates whether the claims comply with the requirements of art. 84 EPC.

The speakers will provide sound practical advice using general examples which do not require specific technical knowledge.

The fee for registration for each event is 320 EUR covering the participation, material and catering.

Register for the next seminars in Berlin (on the 5th of April)  or in Oslo (on the 7th  of April) by the 13th of March.


EPO website's new “Searching for patents” area

The European Patent Office (EPO) has just updated the "Searching for patents" area of its website.

The changes introduce a new structure to the area, grouping products according to their primary use and providing technical, legal or business information.

The fourth section, called "Helpful resources", provides supporting materials such as:

  • basic explanations and links for less experienced searchers;
  • support for using Asian patent information;
  • information on events, training, publications; and
  • a list of patent information centres that can offer support locally.

The “Searching for patents” area of the EPO website is accessible here.


Article: “WIPO’s Budapest Treaty facilitates biotech patenting”

With the rapid development of genetic engineering and monitoring technologies, studies on microorganisms are now faster and deeper more than ever before.

From the intellectual property perspective, protecting inventions related to microorganisms - especially in international scale - can be trickier because of their characteristics and complex nature.

The WIPO article on biotech patenting focuses on the challenges in patenting in biotechnology and introduces the international mechanism that facilitates biotech patenting: the Budapest Treaty.

Read the full article here.


"Filing strategies, enforcement and clearing the path in a Unitary Patent world"

In their article on Managing Intellectual Property magazine, the patent practitioners Thomas Prock and Michael Moore are discussing the upcoming unitary patent protection system and practical conclusions on its future implementation.

“The fragmented nature of the current European patent system runs contrary to the EU ideal of a unified market and has provided the political momentum behind the multi-national Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system.”

Please click here to read the full article.


European patents to cover Moldova

As of 1 November, patent applicants will be able to validate their European patent applications and patents in Moldova, obtaining the same rights and legal protection as national patents granted in Moldova.

This is the result of a validation agreement signed between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Republic of Moldova that brings to 42 the number of countries for which patent protection can be obtained simultaneously with a single European patent application.

Further information is available here.


Italy joins the unitary patent

Italy has joined the unitary patent system, becoming the 26th member of the enhanced cooperation on unitary patent protection. This decision will make the unitary patent even more attractive for companies and inventors, who will be able to use the single procedure for the registration of patents within the EU territory except Spain and Croatia.  

The unitary patent system will need to be ratified by at least 13 states, including France, Germany and the UK to enter into force, which is expected to take place by the end of 2016. Once in force, the unitary patent will be an important tool for European innovative start-ups and SMEs aiming at operating cross-border.

Further information is available here.


Full-length Chinese documents in English are now available within PATENTSCOPE

Users of PATENTSCOPE, the on-line patent search tool developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), can now benefit from translation of full-length Chinese documents into English and vice versa thanks to WIPO Translate, the WIPO machine translation service.

The PATENTSCOPE database allows the users to search 49 million patent documents with collections from more than 40 national and regional offices including 2,8 million published PCT applications in full text format.

For more information, please click here.

To access the PATENTSCOPE database, please click here.


New Examination Guidelines from the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published updated versions of the two following guidelines for examination of patent applications:

  • November 2015 edition of “The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT authority”: giving instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in handling of international applications before the EPO as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority.
  • November 2015 edition of “The Guidelines for Examination in the EPO”: giving instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in the examination of European applications and patents in accordance with the European Patent Convention and its Implementing Regulations.

Both guidelines will enter into force as from 1 November 2015.

Further information, along with the full texts of the updated guidelines, is available at the following links:

The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT authority

The Guidelines for Examination in the EPO