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01-Aug-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – Determining the Closest Prior Art

Step by Step towards Inventive Step – Determining the Closest Prior Art comes first (Decisions R 5/13 etc.)

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16-Jul-14 -

Hoffmann Eitle welcomes new European Patent Attorneys

Munich, July 2014 – We are proud to announce that eleven (11!) of our young colleagues have passed the European Qualifying Examination 2014.

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07-Jul-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – Requirements for negative declaratory action in Germany

Infringement proceedings outside Germany do not provide justification for a negative declaratory action in Germany regarding the same European patent

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20-Jun-14 -

New on the Kluwer Patent Blog – The EU Patent Package - Update June 2014

Where does Europe stand in June 2014?

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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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22-Jun-15 – Postal Strike in Germany – Please note that due to the ongoing postal ...
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22-May-15 – New on the Kluwer Patent Blog - T 2130/11 – ...or how to escape the ...
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30-Apr-15 – Top ranked in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2015 Guides – ...
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02-Apr-15 – Hoffmann Eitle Candidates pass the Pre-EQE Exams 2015 with flying ...
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31-Mar-15 – New on the Kluwer Patent Blog - EPO’s Enlarged Board clears up ...
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26-Mar-15 – New on the Kluwer Patent Blog - The decision "Schleifprodukt" of the ...
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