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EPO CHANGES TO OFFICIAL FEES FOR 2020

EPO CHANGES TO OFFICIAL FEES FOR 2020

11 02 2020

The European Patent Office has published details of the revised Official fees that will enter into force on April 1 2020. Catherine Hanratty and Marie Walsh have reviewed the fee increases and inform us that a general fee increase of 4%, as an inflation indexed adjustment, has been applied by the EPO in...

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Is your IP strategy Brexit ready?

Is your IP strategy Brexit ready?

29 01 2020

The UK will leave the EU on the 31st January 2020 at midnight (Brussels time).  It is important for all IP rights holders to understand what Brexit means for their business and IP strategy. Read our briefing note on what steps need to be taken by IP rights holders post-Brexit. ...

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Priority Entitlement in Europe - EPO Board of Appeal decides to revoke CRISPR patent

Priority Entitlement in Europe - EPO Board of Appeal decides to revoke CRISPR patent

21 01 2020

As reported in the recent edition of the HMC Life Sciences Newsletter, the EPO Board of Appeal hearing for European Patent No. 2,771,468, the CRISPR priority rights case, was held last week. The hearing took place over 4 days, involved 9 opponents and very important CRISPR technology. This case related to the issue...

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