Presumption of Entitlement to Claim Priority

October 13, 2023By Julia D'ArcyEPO, Patents

The EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) recently answered questions referred under consolidated cases G 1/22 and G 2/22, and has introduced a welcome relaxation in practice in the assessment of the validity of a priority claim. The EBA found the EPO to be competent to assess whether a party is entitled to claim priority, … Read More

Abolition of the 10 Day Rule

October 12, 2023By Julia D'ArcyEPO, Patents

The “10-day” rule, which determines how the response deadlines to certain European Patent Office (EPO) communications are calculated, is to be abandoned from 1 November 2023. The 10 day rule was introduced to compensate for postal delays but is no longer considered necessary since most documents are issued electronically. Communications issued from 1 November 2023 … Read More

Confidentiality of Medical Trials

February 6, 2023By Julia D'ArcyEPO, Patents

The confidentiality of medical trials was examined in recent EPO board of appeal case T 0670/20. During phase IIa and IIb clinical trials conducted prior to the filing of patent application EP2140867, tablets of anti-blood clot agent edoxaban were distributed. Under European law, is not necessary to show that a disclosure has in fact taken … Read More

EPO Assessment of Inventive Step when an Unusual Parameter is Claimed

December 2, 2022By Julia D'ArcyEPO, Patents, Prior Art, Uncategorized

Before the EPO, the standard requirement is that the technical effects of a claimed invention and that of the closest prior art can be directly compared. Where a claimed invention is described through reference to “an unusual parameter” such comparison is difficult. Recent EPO Board of Appeal decision T 0555/18 is a caution against defining an … Read More

EPO Abolishes the 10 Day Rule

October 28, 2022By Julia D'ArcyEPO, Patents

Currently EPO rules stipulate that most notifications are considered to have been notified 10 days after the date of the notification. The EPO have recently announced that this 10 days rule will cease to be in effect from 1 November 2023. Under the new rules the deemed date of delivery will be the date of … Read More