Category Archives: Patents

New Patent County Court Rules

At the beginning of this month CPR Part 45 and 63 and the corresponding practice directions were amended to limit the costs that can normally be awarded in claims before the Patents County Court. In an article on my IP/IT Update … Continue reading

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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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Patents: Fisher Rosemount Systems Inc.’s Application

The first decision from the Comptroller for 2010 offers an interesting discussion on how to assess an invention’s technical contribution when applying the Aerotel/Macrossan and Symbian guidelines. In Fisher Rosemount Systenms Inc. Application BL 0/003/10 12 Jan 2010 the applicant … Continue reading

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Patents: US Patent Filings

A table of the top 50 US patent filings for 2009 appears in a press release by Kivett & Co, Communications based on data analysed by IFI Patent Intelligence. Top of the list is IBM with 4,914 patent applications followed … Continue reading

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Patents: Molnlycke v BSN

This is another case on Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001 on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters. The main issue was whether a claim in England for infringement of a European patent should be … Continue reading

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