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The future of food is big business and it’s only going to get bigger..
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Germany is synonymous with precision engineering and quality..
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EPO oppositions by videoconference only became possible relatively..
Many of us – at least in the West – grew up with the knowledge that..
As the UPC preparatory period begins, the EPO decides to accept UP requests before the full UPC agreement comes into force
On 18 January 2022, Austria became the thirteenth EU country to..
Austrian parliament unanimously passes legislation to allow the practical preparations for the UPC to begin
On 2 December 2021, Austria became the thirteenth EU country to pass..
In 2020 the EPO published a report on the global trends in patent..
Camille Terfve spoke to EMBL Careers about what it takes to become a..
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In cancer patients, “metastasis” occurs as tumour cells break-away..
New study demonstrates enormous potential
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Traditional tissue biopsies are a vital aspect of current medical..
Our bodies play host to a complex network of viruses, many of which..
Healthy eating means more than just a balanced diet: future foods and fighting the risk of infection
Human health is inextricably linked to food – not least because..
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Rugby, along with many other contact sports such as football, boxing..
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The “microbiome” is commonly associated with the gut microbiome, but..
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Organ transplantation has saved, transformed, and extended countless..
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A new edition of the EPO Examination Guidelines came into force on 1..
Simon Kremer attended the Agri-TechE “Controlled Environment..
In recent years, antibody engineering has moved into a new phase of..
A new edition of the EPO examination guidelines will come into force..
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On 26 November 2020, the German Bundestag approved the ratification..
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Moderna have announced that their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate..
The EPO has announced changes to the Pilot Project for Video..
In recent years, antibody engineering has moved into a new phase of..
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Plant-based protein alternatives have arrived in the UK in a big way,..
Genomics medicine has already proved its potential: the (success) story of non-invasive prenatal testing
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The development of liquid biopsies
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A Guide to Patenting Bioinformatics Inventions at the EPO: what is technical and why does it matter?
Many inventions in the field of bioinformatics (a term that we will..
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We are delighted to once again be ranked ‘highly recommended’ in ‘IAM..
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On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent..
Case 7 – T 879/12 (EPO Board of Appeal, 27 August 2014)
Our client, Duke-NUS, has helped to develop a new, rapid serological..
On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Boards of Appeal of the European Patent..
From the far east to the east coast of America, the world is taking..
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In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, bemcentinib produced..
Case 6 – T 1262/04 (EPO Board of Appeal, 13 July 2012)
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Cancer immunotherapies harness the power of the patient’s immune..
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The health and wellbeing of each of us depends upon a number of vast..
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Case 5 - T 649/92 (EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, 2 July 1996)
Algorithms (sometimes collectively referred to as ‘digital health’)..
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Cells can acquire the mutations that drive the development of cancer..
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Case 4 - T 801/06 (EPO Board of Appeal, 4 March 2009)
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Case 3 - T 1642/06 (EPO Board of Appeal, 23 August 2007)
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Claims directed to methods of simulation or..
EPO Board of Appeal confirms Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent lacks priority and upholds revocation decision
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Case 2 – T 0099/13 (EPO Board of Appeal, 14 January 2016)
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Revised Rules of Procedure at the Boards of Appeal have been approved..
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EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.01 is referring a number of questions..
The field of genomics has seen incredible advances over the past few..
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I’ve spent the last few days talking with biotech entrepreneurs, VC..
New genomic and proteomic analysis technologies allow for diagnosis..
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Clovis Oncology has announced that the European Patent Office (EPO)..
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Professor Sir Greg Winter’s pioneering work using phage display for..