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Case Law
17.01.2024

Burden of Proof on Sufficiency of Disclosure – Does it automatically shift between instances at the EPO?

Sufficiency of disclosure or the lack thereof is a ground of opposition before the EPO and thus often one major battleground in EPO opposition proceedings, in particular for patents where compositi...

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UPC Case Law
03.01.2024

Case Report CFI 2/2023 – 10x Genomics vs. NanoString – Provisional Injunction I

1. Background and Summary Three and a half months after opening its doors on June 1st, the UPC issued its first substantive decision in case UPC_CFI_2/2023, a request for a provisional injunction...

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News
28.12.2023

HOFFMANN EITLE congratulates newly qualified German Patent Attorneys in 2023

We are happy to welcome four new German Patent Attorneys to our team, and therefore, congratulate Andreas Beer (Mechanical Engineering, Munich) Saskia-Berenice Gressel (Biotechnology, Munich)...

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Publication
15.12.2023

HOFFMANN EITLE Quarterly Newsletter 12/23

Dear Colleagues and Friends, In this issue of the Hoffmann Eitle Quarterly, we begin by discussing a groundbreaking decision by the UK Patents Court which held that an artificial neural network in...

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Case Law
01.11.2023

Analysis of G 1/22 and G 2/22

G1/22 and G2/22: The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal decision on the entitlement to priority The decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in the cases G1/22 and G2/22 concerns the right to cl...

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News
31.10.2023

Abolition of the EPO's "10-Day Notification Rule"

The EPO's "10-day notification rule" will no longer apply to communications issued by the EPO on or after November 1, 2023. For example, if the EPO issues a communication of intension to grant (Ru...

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Case Law
26.10.2023

HOFFMANN EITLE wins EPO oppositions against DNA sequencing patents

Patents relating to DNA sequencing technology have been subject to several patent disputes in recent years. This includes a series of EPO oppositions against patents owned by Illumina Cambridge Lim...

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Case Law
25.10.2023

When does an application fail the controversial new EPO plausibility test?

When does an application fail the controversial new EPO plausibility test European patent attorneys are still grappling with the meaning of the new standard for relying on post-published data for...

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Awards
23.10.2023

HOFFMANN EITLE wins at the Global IP Awards 2023

HOFFMANN EITLE wins "Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year" for Germany at the Global IP Awards 2023 presented by IAM and WTR. This awards show recognised the outstanding achievements of law and att...

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Publication
22.09.2023

HOFFMANN EITLE Quarterly Newsletter 9/23

Dear Colleagues and Friends, In this issue of the Hoffmann Eitle Quarterly, we begin a series of articles on a new package of draft EU regulations, with a first article on a draft regulation on st...

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