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908, 2022

EPO welcomes Montenegro as new member state

Montenegro accomplished the final step towards acceding to the European Patent Convention on July 15, 2022, and will thus become the 39th member state of the European Patent Organisation from October 1st, 2022. 1. +

607, 2022

EPO survey on grace period

1. The European Patent Office published recently the result of a survey regarding a grace period for novelty. The EPC requires to date strict novelty for the subject matter of EP patents, rendering publication of +

1205, 2022

Record Filings at the European Patent Office in 2021

Despite the pandemic filings of European patent applications increased again. 188 600 patent applications were received by European Patent Office (EPO) in 2021, which is an increase of 4.5% in comparison to the previous +

2102, 2022

UPC and opt-out: definition, advantages and drawbacks

The present system of European (EP) patents granted by the European Patent Office, has the drawback that the same patent, validated in several states, may lead to several parallel disputes in these jurisdictions. The +

2102, 2022

German Federal Constitutionnal Court’s decision

By order of June 23, 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) rejected two applications for preliminary injunction against the Act of Approval that was adopted on December 18, 2020, for the purposes of +

1702, 2022

EPO announces raise of fees from 1 april 2022

The EPO’s Rules relating to Fees have been amended by decision of the Administrative Council of 15 December 2021. The amended version of the Rules relating to Fees is applicable as from 1 April +

1301, 2022

Artificial intelligence system DABUS

Artificial intelligence system called DABUS cannot be named as inventor according to Decisions J 8/20 and J 9/20 of the Board of Appeal of the EPO Legal background Article 81 EPC stipulates that the +

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