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Created 11 August 2023
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Blueshift IP’s Robert Plotkin examines how AI inventions can be patented if they meet all the legal requirements for patentability. Read more at Bloomberg Law
Created 03 August 2023
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New Apple patents crop up all the time, but one recent filing has received particular attention for what it could mean for the future of wearable tech in health tracking. A patent filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office describes what looks and sounds like AirPods with biosensors that can track brain activity. Read more at Creative BLOQ
Created 26 July 2023
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The Unified Patent Court (UPC) opened its doors on June 1, 2023. Nineteen actions were initiated during the first six weeks, across a range of subject areas and case values.

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Created 26 July 2023
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The European Patent Office (EPO) launched a dashboard on Unitary Patents, which will be updated daily and breaks down data on requests for Unitary Patents by technology field, country of origin, language of translation, proprietors’ profile and status of registration. Read more at IPwatchdog.
Created 26 July 2023
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According to a recent verdict by a federal jury in Waco, Texas, Alphabet’s Google has been found guilty of infringing on the patent rights of software developer Touchstream Technologies. Read more at Compsmag
Created 12 June 2023
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A better patent system for Europe

The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are the building blocks which supplement and strengthen the existing centralised European patent granting system. They offer users a cost-effective option for patent protection and dispute settlement across Europe.

Unitary Patent

Unitary Patents make it possible to get patent protection in 17 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the EPO, making the procedure simpler and more cost effective for applicants.

Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is an international court set up by participating EU Member States to deal with the infringement and validity of both Unitary Patents and European patents, putting an end to costly parallel litigation and enhancing legal certainty.

Created 04 May 2023
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Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist and Aidan Kendrick, EPO Chief Business Analyst, discuss the key patenting trends at the EPO in 2022. Increasing demand for European patents has been driven by companies outside Europe. Many digital technology fields show strong growth, whilst patent filings in some areas of chemistry and mechanical engineering are stagnating or in decline. (Presentation)
Created 26 April 2023
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The European Comminssion has tweaked draft patent rules to make it easier for patent holders to sue companies over royalty disputes following criticism that an earlier draft favoured users while restricting patent owners from seeking injunctions

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Created 24 April 2023
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Hyundai and Kia filed a patent application that describes an integrated control apparatus for an autonomous driving vehicle. The design for the new driving interface takes cues from the Xbox controller, featuring a pair of grips for each hand and triggers along its top and sides. (Source- carbuzz)
Created 24 April 2023
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De Franse start-up eBikeLabs die software voor elektrische fietsen ontwikkelt, wil de fietsenfabrikant Cowboy voor de rechter slepen. In een interne mail wordt de Brusselse fietsenmaker beschuldigd van "octrooi-inbreuk, schending van vakkennis en oneerlijke concurrentie", schrijft zakenkrant L'Echo. (Read more at BRUZZ)
Created 30 March 2023
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Belgische bedrijven, universiteiten en onderzoeksinstellingen hebben in 2022 een recordaantal van 2.604 octrooiaanvragen ingediend bij het Europees Octrooibureau (EPO). Het gaat om een toename met 5 procent ten opzichte van het voorgaande jaar, ondanks de wereldwijde onzekerheden, zo blijkt uit de EPO Patent Index. (Lees meer op
Created 28 March 2023
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The 10th anniversary of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system was today celebrated at an annual meeting with industry, at which the EPO President delivered an opening address. In a message to more than 30 participants representing large companies, patent information user groups and commercial providers, President António Campinos hailed the CPC as "the most refined, complete, and powerful classification system in the world". He also underscored the importance of CPC to patent quality owing to the improved accuracy and search speed it enables. Read more at EPO
Created 21 March 2023
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The recent decision in T 0169/20 draws together two threads of Boards of Appeal case law on the relationship between the claims and description of a patent. The decision directly addresses the question of the role of the description in interpreting the language of the claims. The answer to this question has practical consequences, as it is critical to both the question of claim interpretation for patentability and added matter analysis and to the ongoing controversy of description amendments.

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Created 20 February 2023
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The German government deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) with the Council of the European Union. The step marks the successful completion of the necessary ratification procedures by the participating EU member states for the Unitary Patent Package to become effective for currently 17 states. The new system is now ready to enter into operation on 1 June 2023. More countries are expected to join in the future.

Welcoming the news, EPO President António Campinos said, "The deposit by Germany opens the door for a new era of IP protection in Europe. Under the Unitary Patent system, European businesses will be able to benefit from broader and more effective patent protection at lower costs, which is particularly important for smaller entities. The start of the long-expected system is the result of close co-operation and constructive work of all partners and stakeholders of the European patent system. It will be a boon for the European economy as it establishes a uniform technology market facilitating transactions across a big economic region. While later this year we are going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our founding treaty, the European Patent Convention, this huge step represents a historic moment for innovators and the protection of inventions in Europe." 

European patent applicants have already shown strong interest. Since the EPO launched its transitional measures on 1 January to encourage an early uptake of the new system, more than 2 200 requests for unitary effect and/or for delay of grant have been filed.

The Unitary Patent system will mark the single most important reform in the history of the European patent system since its creation in 1973.The new system will enable uniform patent protection across all participating EU members states by way of a single patent application filed with the EPO and provide a centralised platform for Europe-wide patent litigation before the Unified Patent Court. The 25 EU member states participating in enhanced cooperation for the Unitary Patent package are estimated to have a combined GDP of more than 14 trillion euros (corresponding to 80% of the entire EU's GDP) and incorporate a population of nearly 400 million people - more than the US, Canada and Australia combined.

Created 24 January 2023
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WIPO launched the first edition of its “Green Technology Book” focusing on climate-change adaptation – placing these measures on equal footing with mitigation measures. This new flagship publication is part of the Organization’s long-standing efforts to ensure that innovation, technology and intellectual property (IP) are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. The Green Technology Book is created in cooperation with the partners Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASTR).

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