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New constitutional complaints against German UPC legislation and summary of the ratification process in Germany

13. January 2021

The German legal media JUVE has announced that the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has received two new constitutional complaints (Case ID: 2 BvR 2216/20 and 2 BvR 2217/20) against the draft legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement and its Protocol on Provisional Application1).   […]

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The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement is approved by the German Bundestag – What are the next steps?

4. December 2020

On November 26, 2020, the German Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) in Berlin has approved the UPC Agreement. This is an important step towards the implementation of the Unitary Patent Package. The Unified Patent System is expected to be launched in spring 2022. Nevertheless, some steps still have to be taken. […]

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The applicability of new Rule 20.5bis PCT at the European Patent Office

25. November 2020

The European Patent Office (EPO) issued in June 2020 a notice (Official Journal June 2020, A81) outlining its practice with regards to newly introduced Rule 20.5bis PCT. Rule 20.5bis PCT lays out the conditions for requesting the correction of an erroneously filed element or part of a PCT application. This […]

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European Patent Office (EPO) and China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) strengthen Cooperation within the PCT Framework

3. November 2020

The EPO and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) have agreed on a two-year pilot program last year that would allow Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants filing a PCT application at the CNIPA to choose the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA). This agreement was signed on November […]

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BoA of the EPO expands the transitional provisions regarding the revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) 2020 of the EPO

13. October 2020

Transitional provisions – applicability of Article 13(1) RPBA 2020 to cases where the summons to oral proceedings was notified before the entry into force of the RPBA 2020. (Catchword of the Board) BoA, Decision of January 20, 2020 – T 1386/18; Article 13(1) RPBA 2020 The appellant filed requests with […]

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EPO Board of Appeal (BoA) comments on sufficiency of disclosure of training data for an artificial neural network

19. August 2020

The present invention, which is based on machine learning in particular in connection with an artificial neural network, is not sufficiently disclosed, since the training of the artificial neural network in accordance with the invention cannot be carried out for lack of disclosure Since, in the present case, the claimed […]

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German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) confirms its previous practice regarding the presentation of information

19. August 2020

The instruction to select a display mode for a selection menu on a screen which serves the sole purpose of presenting the menu items displayed and the fact that there may be further items available in a particularly clear manner does not concern a technical means for solving the technical […]

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