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Accelerated Prosecution

Our pages  ‘UK Patents - The Basics’ and ‘European Patents - The Basics’ set out in detail the various procedural steps involved in obtaining UK and...

Compensation of Inventors According to the Principles of the German Compensation Guidelines

Type (lump sum or instalments) and amount of compensation are determined by an agreement between the employer and employee. The calculation of a...

Designation, Extension and Validation States for European Patent Applications

For European patent applications filed since 2009, all available EPC member states are designated by payment of one designation fee.

The EPO has a...

EPC 2000

In November 2000, a conference was held to discuss possible amendments to the European Patent Convention (EPC). This was the first major review of...

EPO Oppositions

This information is available in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Find out more about our opposition services and why Mewburn Ellis is Europe's number...

European Grant Procedure

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When the European Patent Office (EPO) agrees...

European Patents - The Basics

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This is information is also available in Japanese, Chinese and Korean

Historically, to obtain a...

Extended European Search Reports

The search report from the European Patent Office is accompanied by an opinion on the patent application and the invention. The combination of the...

Oral Proceedings

“Oral proceedings” refers to a hearing at which one or more parties to proceedings before the EPO present their case orally before the EPO.  Oral...

Patentability of Software and Business Method Inventions in Europe

This page describes the current approach of the European Patent Office (EPO) concerning the patentability of software and business method inventions...

Paying Additional Search fees at the EPO - Direct European Patent Applications

If the EPO considers that the claims of a patent application relate to more than one invention (i.e. lack "unity of invention"), then the applicant...

Plant Variety Rights and Patents for Plant-Related Inventions

A plant variety right is an intellectual property right for the exclusive exploitation of a named plant variety.  As with other IP rights, plant...

Priority Entitlement in Europe

Several recent decisions by the EPO Boards of Appeal1 and national courts of EPC Contracting States2,3 have held the priority claim of a patent to be...

Prosecution of Direct European Patent Applications

Here we set out the early stage procedure for European patent applications filed directly at the EPO, including divisional applications.  We also set...

Protecting your IP – post Brexit and beyond the transition period

The United Kingdom formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period is now in place until 31 December 2020 (with the possibility that...

Providing Search Results to the EPO

On 1 January 2011, new Rules 141 and 70b come into force at the EPO which require applicants to provide the EPO with a copy of the results of any...

Registration of UK Patents & Designs

It is possible to register UK national patents, European patents (UK) and UK registered designs in a number of other states and territories. This...

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) has the effect of extending the term of a patent relating to protection of a particular medicinal or...

The European Unitary Patent and The Unified Patent Court - The Basics

In December 2012, the EU Council and European Parliament approved the so-called ‘Unitary Patent Package’ consisting of:

  • the creation of a Unitary...

The London Agreement

The London Agreement aims to reduce translation costs incurred after the grant of a European patent.  It entered into force on 1 May 2008. ...

Using Video-Conferencing for EPO Examiner Interviews and EPO Oral Proceedings

Introduction

Until May 2020, applicants could request for EPO examiner interviews and EPO Examining Division oral proceedings to be held by...

Waiving Rule 161 and 162 Communications at the EPO

The time period for responding to the Rule 161/162 communication (issued shortly after entry into the European regional phase) is six months. In...

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Our IP specialists work at all stage of the IP life cycle and provide strategic advice about patent, trade mark and registered designs, as well as any IP-related disputes and legal and commercial requirements.

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