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Best IP Due Diligence Provider (Belgium)

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Most Commercially Minded IP Firm (Belgium)

Created 07 May 2015
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On 5 May 2015 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the highest court on matters of EU law, handed down two judgments, rejecting challenges brought by Spain to the legality of EU laws that had been enacted to provide for the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). These challenges were the last legal obstacles to the proposed unitary patent regime.

The “unitary patent package” comprises two EU Regulations – one setting out how a patent application granted by the European Patent Office can take effect as a unitary patent across participating EU member states, the other addressing translation issues – and the Unified Patent Court Agreement, a separate treaty between the participating countries which establishes the court that will have jurisdiction to hear disputes concerning unitary patents (and, subject to transitional provisions, existing and future “non-unitary” European patents).

Spain challenged the legality of the two EU Regulations, raising a number of legal objections. Spain’s arguments included claims that the first regulation lacked legal basis under EU law and further infringed the rule of law, as the grant of unitary patents would be entrusted to the European Patent Office, a non-EU body whose decisions could not be subjected to judicial review to ensure the correct and uniform application of EU law. On the regulation dealing with translation issues, Spain’s arguments included a claim that the regulation amounted to discrimination against EU citizens whose language was not French, German or English. Indeed, the precedence given to these three languages over Spanish was at the heart of Spain’s opposition to the new patent regime.

The CJEU found all of Spain’s objections to be unjustified. In brief, the first regulation merely established the conditions under which a European patent granted by the EPO could benefit from unitary effect; it did not incorporate the procedure for granting European patents into EU law. Further, the translation arrangements achieved a legitimate object of ensuring that the translation regime was simple and cost-effective, which would facilitate access to patent protection, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. Entry into force of the UPC and unitary patent regime now depends only on ratification of the UPC Agreement by a further seven member states, which must include the UK and Germany, beyond the six (including France) who have already ratified. It is expected the UPC will be up and running and that the first unitary patents will be granted in 2016 or 2017.

Created 07 May 2015
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We invite you to sell us your patents. The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace for patents that’s simple, easy to use, and fast.

Patent owners sell patents for numerous reasons (such as the need to raise money or changes in a company’s business direction). Unfortunately, the usual patent marketplace can sometimes be challenging, especially for smaller participants who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. Then bad things happen, like lawsuits, lots of wasted effort, and generally bad karma. Rarely does this provide any meaningful benefit to the original patent owner.

So today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015. If we contact you about purchasing your patent, we’ll work through some additional diligence with you and look to close a transaction in short order. We anticipate everyone we transact with getting paid by late August.

Created 07 May 2015
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On April 7, 2015, the Brazilian PTO (INPI) published in the Official Gazette Resolution 146/2015 establishing an electronic system for the online filing of industrial designs. The new service which offers discounts on service fees, is already up and running since April 22, 2015.

Created 15 April 2015
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Under the new opposition system any party will be able to file an opposition within 6 month of patent issuance.
The opposition period starts from the publication date of the granted patent publication (JP B1/B2 publication).

Created 13 March 2015
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Source: De Tijd
Wouter Van Driessche, 13 Maart
...In Leuven werken meer dan 10.000 mensen in de gezondheidszorg, en meer dan 12.000 in tal van technologische sectoren. 'En ook als het om patenten gaat in de gezondheidszorg - voor het ontwikkelen van medicijnen, bijvoorbeeld - zitten we in de Europese top.'...

Created 13 March 2015
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Source: Lexology
Jennifer Bailey, Marks & Clerk, March 10 2015
Following a lengthy period of uncertainty, the President of the EPO recently submitted a document setting out the proposals for the level of renewal fees for the Unitary Patent to the Select Committee of the Administrative Council.
As many readers will be aware, the Unitary Patent will be enforceable and revocable throughout participating EU member states in a single action. In choosing whether to elect a ‘standard’ European Patent or a Unitary Patent, cost will be a key consideration for many patentees. ...

Created 10 February 2015
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Source Spruson&Feguson IP 10 FEBRUARY, 2015

CHINA NEW IP COURT SYSTEM STARTS WITH THE FIRST IP COURT IN BEIJING

Improved intellectual property (IP) enforcement in China took a leap forward last year when the Beijing IP Court opened its doors and accepted its first case. The Beijing IP Court was the initial IP Court of first instance established and IP Courts in Guangzhou and Shanghai became operational shortly thereafter. The introduction of these specialized IP Courts is enabled by the October 2014 pronouncement by the Chinese Supreme Court clarifying the jurisdiction of the IP courts.

Created 02 February 2015
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Source: FRKelly 21 January 2015
The first installment in this series on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) provided an overview of some of the key elements of the UPC. This second installment will examine the structure of the UPC, focusing on the framework of Courts to be established, and the composition of the panels of Judges that will preside over the various Courts.

Created 22 January 2015
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15 January 2015 

Source: EPO News

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

"These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe's continued strength as a hub of innovation," said EPO President BenoƮt Battistelli (photo). "Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak," he said.

Preliminary data show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).

Created 19 January 2015
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Thomas C. Frohlich, January 18, 2015

Source: USA Today

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 300,678 utility patents in 2014, many of them to just a handful of companies. More patents were issued in 2014 than in any other year in the history of patent filings.

IBM (IBM) was the global leader for innovation in 2014 for the 22nd consecutive year, with 7,534 patents.

Created 14 September 2014
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Source: LinkedIn Pulse Author Michael Beck

Vandaag verscheen in het Belgisch Staatsblad een KB van 4 september 2014 dat de inwerkingtreding van de recente wijzigingen aan het Belgisch octrooirecht bepaalt. Titels I en II van Boek XI van het Wetboek van economisch recht treden in werking op 22 september 2014!

Created 11 September 2014
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Source: EPO

1. Numerous European patent applicants and proprietors have informed the European Patent Office (EPO) that firms and individuals have sent them invoices inviting them to pay for the publication and/or registration of their applications and patents. Similar reports have been received from applicants who filed international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT applications).

2. These firms and individuals use names, abbreviations and/or logos designed to make it appear that the invoice has been issued by an official source. In some cases, they use ones bearing a confusing similarity to those of the EPO or WIPO in an attempt to give the impression that they are acting on those organisations' behalf.

3. Examples of invoices received in relation to European patent applications and patents can be found on the EPO website at: www.epo.org/warning.html.

 

Created 05 December 2013
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Warning - beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to publish and/or register European or international patent applications and European patents

Source: EPO

1. Numerous European patent applicants and proprietors have informed the European Patent Office (EPO) that firms and individuals have sent them invoices inviting them to pay for the publication and/or registration of their applications and patents. Similar reports have been received from applicants who filed international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT applications).

2. These firms and individuals use names, abbreviations and/or logos designed to make it appear that the invoice has been issued by an official source. In some cases, they use ones bearing a confusing similarity to those of the EPO or WIPO in an attempt to give the impression that they are acting on those organisations' behalf.

3. Examples of invoices received in relation to European patent applications and patents can be found on the EPO website at: www.epo.org/warning.html.

 

 

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