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10-Jun-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – T 1843/09: the EPO clarifies the scope of the prohibition of reformatio in peius

Under the principle of the prohibition of reformatio in peius, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office are forbidden from taking a decision which puts a sole appellant in opposition appeal proceedings in a worse position than if it had not filed an appeal against a decision of the Opposition Division to maintain a patent in amended form. The consequence of this is that the non-appealing party cannot make requests which improve its position vis-à-vis the decision of the Opposition Division. This principle was laid down in decision G 9/92 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, with an exception made in the subsequent EBA decision G 1/99.

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28-May-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – Are Method of Treatment Features To Be Considered for Patentability?

Suppose you have an invention that resides in using a known substance in a known dosage for a known purpose, and your only distinguishing feature is that you apply a particular therapeutic measure after the administration of your substance. Can such a post-administration therapeutic measure, which is in essence a method of treatment, establish patentability of your invention?

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21-May-14 -

Republic of Korea Joins the Hague System

With effect of 1 July 2014, the Republic of Korea will become the 62nd member of the WIPO-administered Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs.

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13-May-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – New Block Exemption Rules for Technology-Transfer Agreements

The European Commission has adopted new competition rules for the assessment of technology-transfer agreements. The revised Block Exemption Regulation for Technology-Transfer Agreements (EU) 316/2014 (“TTBER”), and the accompanying Guidelines (OJ, 2014/C 89/03) entered into force on May 1, 2014.

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24-Apr-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – Claim to Priority Allowed Despite Generalization of Invention

In its recent decision "Communication Channel" (Kommunikationskanal) of 11 February 2014, docket X ZR 107/12, the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) ruled on the question of when it is admissible to generalize a teaching and still remain within the confines of the "directly and unambiguously disclosed" standard.

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