Publications

Total Documents: 19

 

EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20H/14 Posted: 03 March 2015

In 2014, as in 2013, the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities, following the long-awaited agreement between the European Parliament and Council in late 2012 which resulted in the unitary patent and language Regulations being adopted in December 2012, and signature of the UPC Agree­ment on 19 February 2013.

EU Consultation on trade secrets

Document No: PUB 20C/13 Posted: 23 December 2013

In December 2012, the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the protection against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information in the EU, which initially took the form of an online questionnaire. The Commission had previously (in March 2011) appointed a law firm to study the legal framework and practices in the 27 Mem­ber States regarding trade secret protection. This was published in January 2012. The Com­mission had also organised a conference on the subject in June 2012.

EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20D/13 Posted: 23 December 2013

In 2013, the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities, following the long-awaited agreement between the European Parliament and Council in late 2012. The agreement resulted in the Unitary patent and Language Regulations being adopted in December 2012, and signature of the UPC agreement on 19 February 2013. It will be recalled that all EU countries but Spain and Poland signed the agreement at this time (although Bulgaria signed a little late), and notably Italy was also among the signatories, despite its not participating in the Enhanced Cooperation arrangement which gave rise to the Unitary patent regulations. Indeed, in July 2013, Italy indicated informally an intention to join the Unitary patent regime as well as the UPC.

European Patent Office (EPO) Update

Document No: PUB 20E/12 Posted: 08 March 2013

Users welcomed a slowing of the pace of amendment of the European Patent Convention (EPC) itself, as the EPO digests the ramifications of previous changes. This did not mean that the EPO rested on its laurels in 2012 and in other areas it was active in ways that users welcome, such as the innovations in the area of machine translations.

EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20F/12 Posted: 08 March 2013

In 2012, the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities, with major developments notwithstanding the breakdown of negotiations at the Competitiveness Council meeting in Warsaw in December 2011 over the location of the Central Division of the UPC.

EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 9/11 Posted: 13 February 2012
On 4 December 2009, the Competitiveness Council adopted a package of measures (“Con­clu­sions on an Enhanced Patent System in Europe”), setting the foundations for both an EU-wide patent and a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) in Europe. The Council Con­clu­sions were a significant milestone, marking political agreement on key components of both the EU patent and UPLS projects, and giving the green light for work to be continued on both dossiers.

European Patent Office Single Patent Process (SPP) Programme

Document No: PUB 10/10 Posted: 14 December 2010
The EPO launched the Single Patent Process (SPP) Programme in April 2009 to redesign and improve the patent and business processes of the EPO. The SPP Programme team have car­ried out a detailed analysis of all the current EPO processes and have used this analysis as the basis for proposals to simplify and automate the work. A major feature of SPP will be an electronic dossier for every application and the eventual phasing out of the labour-intensive maintained paper files.

European Qualifying Examination (EQE)

Document No: PUB 9/10 Posted: 20 July 2010

In 2012, the EQE will have its first major change since the first examination in 1979. With effect from 2012 there will be a pre-examination which is designed to act as a filter to reduce the number of candidates sitting the full examination without sufficient preparation. The “main” examination in its new form will be held for the first time in 2013. Candidates must pass the pre-examination before being allowed to sit the main examination. The pre-examination may be taken after two years full-time training.

EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 8/10 Posted: 14 December 2010

On 4 December 2009 the Competitiveness Council adopted a package of measures (“Con­clusions on an Enhanced patent system in Europe”) setting the foundation for both an EU-wide patent and a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) in Europe. 

The Council Conclusions are a significant milestone, marking political agreement on key components of both the EU Patent and UPLS projects, and giving the green light for work to continue on both dossiers.
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