Celebrating the retirement of Peter Hanna
21 04 2018
The firm celebrated the remarkable career of Peter Hanna, founder of Hanna Moore + Curley, this weekend. Peter established a solo practice in the year 2000, and three years later invited Barry Moore and Donnacha Curley to join the firm. During Peter's career, the firm was responsible for over 6000...
GDPR: Important Changes to Data Protection Law
21 03 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. As a regulation, it will have ‘direct effect’, addressing any organization involved in data processing of any sort and imposing...
Official Fee changes at UKIPO from April 6th 2018
21 02 2018
Summary The Official Fees charged by UKIPO will change in 2018; the changes will come into force from April 6th 2018. The UKIPO fees will still be lower than at the EPO, where a granted patent application enforceable in the UK is obtainable through both the direct European (EP) or via...
Amendment to Rule 51(1) EPC
08 02 2018
AMENDED RULE ABOUT ADVANCE PAYMENT OF 3RD YEAR RENEWAL FEE TO ENABLE PAYMENT OF 3RD YEAR RENEWAL FEE ON ENTRY TO PCT-EPO REGIONAL PHASE The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has approved an amendment of Rule 51(1) EPC to allow payment of the third year renewal fee up to...
EPO Official Fee Changes for 2018
06 02 2018
Summary The EPO's Administrative Council has approved various official fee changes (Decision CA/D 16/17 & Decision CA/D 17/17) and these changes will come into force on 1 April 2018. These EPO fee changes go beyond the yearly inflation-based fee adjustments and will impact three general areas: fees for PCT applicants with...
Join our team
05 02 2018
Who are we? We are Ireland’s most successful European patent practitioners. We are a young, vibrant and non-traditional firm, always open to new opportunities and voices. We are renowned for our expertise in ICT, engineering, electronics, software and medical devices and our technical base has grown to encompass...
European Commission and EUIPO issue a Brexit notice to EUTM and RCD holders
21 12 2017
The European Commission and European Union Intellectual Property Office have issued a notice warning regarding potential losses of rights by EU Trade Mark and RCD rights holders and applicants, if a withdrawal agreement is not successfully negotiated. In the event that no suitable deal is reached between the UK...
EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal finds “Gold standard” does not apply for “undisclosed disclaimers”
18 12 2017
The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) at the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a new Decision G1/16 on 18 December 2017. This decision relates to amendment of a claim by introducing a so-called ‘undisclosed’ disclaimer into the claim and in particular, concerns the allowability of disclaimers under Article 123(2) EPC...
Unitary Patent Updates December 2017: UK parliament approves draft legislation
15 12 2017
The UK parliaments have progressed important draft legislation, which will soon enable the UK to ratify the UPC Agreement. Important milestones which took place this month included the Privy Council’s approval of SSI 2017/447, the International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2017, and the UK...
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