Monthly Archives: February 2010

Oral Hearing for “Tomatoes” and “Broccoli” Opposition

The European Patent Office has today announced that the Enlarged Board of Appeal will hold a public hearing on 20 and 21 July 2010 to determine whether patents granted to the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture for a method of breeding tomatoes having a reduced water content and to Plant Bioscience Ltd. for selective increase of the anti-carciogenic glucosinolates in brassica species are patentable (see “Oral Proceedings to be held in the Tomatoes and Broccoli Cases” 3 Feb 2010). Both cases are concerned with the exclusion of essentially biological processes for the production of plants under art 53 (b) of the Convention. Continue reading

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Facebook Patent Filings

Bill Slawski has reported in detail on Facebook’s US patent filings in his blog SEO By the Sea (“Facebook Patent Filings”, 24 Jan 2010). Many thanks to Shireen Smith of Azrights for drawing this article to my attention on twitter.

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Administrative Council to meet again to try to choose Brimelow’s Successor

An EGM of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization has been called for today and tomorrow to elect a new president of the European Patent Office to succeed Alison Brimelow. The candidates are: Susanne Ǻs Sivborg of Sweden … Continue reading

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Monthly Case Update: Jan 2010

Competition British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc v The Competition Commission [2010] EWCA Civ 2 (Court of Appeal, 21 Jan 2010) Whether the Competition Appeal Tribunal erred in its review of the Competition Commission’s report on the acquisition by BSB of … Continue reading

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