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HOFFMANN EITLE Handbooks

HOFFMANN EITLE The European Patent Convention for Foreign Practitioners

Author(s): Various authors of HOFFMANN EITLE

We are pleased to present our current handbook “The European Patent Convention for Foreign Practitioners”.

Managing patent portfolios and securing patent protection for global interests is multifaceted and requires local expertise. For 125 years, HOFFMANN EITLE has been known for experience and quality in the protection for intellectual property in Europe.

This handbook provides targeted guidance for practitioners interested in patent protection in Europe, including in-depth commentaries on basic patentability requirements, patent prosecution at the EPO, post-grant proceedings in Europe, and an introduction to the expected European Patent with Unitary Effect (EP-UE) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Several of HOFFMANN EITLE's patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law, all with years of practical experience in the field of European and intellectual property law, have diligently prepared an up-to-date handbook.

The work product, The European Patent Convention for Foreign Practitioners, is available in print and as a Kindle edition from the following Amazon sites:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon.it
Amazon.es

In addition, the Handbook is also avail­able as a free eBook in the

iTunes Store and
Google Play Store

HOFFMANN EITLE Handbook on the European Patent Package – a Practi­tio­ner’s Guide

Author(s): Various authors of HOFFMANN EITLE

A new patent right for Europe (the European Patent with Unitary Effect) and a new European enforcement and invalidation regime (the Unified Patent Court) are on the verge of becoming reality. This is provided that the last ratification hurdles can be overcome, in particular the indispensable German ratification which is on hold due to a constitutional court challenge.

When these last obstacles will be overcome is difficult to foresee, but if and when they are, the system will come into operation in a matter of months. Existing patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as those granted in the future, will automatically come under the jurisdiction of the new Court, unless opt-out rights are exercised. Applicants will have a new option to register their newly granted patent as having Unitary Effect.

These measures represent one of the most complex and ambitious legal reforms in the field of European intellectual property since the creation of the EPO in 1977. For applicants and proprietors familiar with the current European system of national patents and national courts, the new system will present both opportunities and challenges in developing, maintaining and leveraging a cost-effective patent portfolio. For manufacturers, distributors and end-users, the new system will subject their activities to the jurisdiction of a new court, with unique and possibly unfamiliar powers and procedures. Decisions must therefore be made as to how best to take advantage of the possibilities afforded by the new system.

Several of HOFFMANN EITLE's patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law, all with years of practical experience in the field of European and intellectual property law, have diligently prepared a practitioner's guide with both a brief overview and a detailed reference manual to the law and practice of the new system. Since its publication in 2014, well over 3,000 copies have been purchased or downloaded.

The work product, The EU Patent Package Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide, is available in print and as a Kindle edition from the following Amazon sites:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon.it
Amazon.es
Amazon.co.jp (Kindle only)

In addition, the Handbook is also available as a free eBook in the
iTunes Store and
Google Play Store