Test cases clarify EPO's approach to internet and email disclosures

The European Patent Office’s Technical Board of Appeal (TBA) has held, in two test cases filed as appeals on two of Philips’ patent applications, whether or not emails and documents published on the internet have been “made available to the...

News Flash: 2012 Budget confirms the UK government's commitment to cutting taxes on patents

Today the Chancellor announced a Budget designed to "turn Britain into Europe's technology centre" with a range of benefits for technology-based companies, especially small start-up businesses:   Tax relief on income from patents...

Trade Mark Owners Beware - The Internet is Changing!

First-round application window opens for new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) On 12 January, a 90-day application window opened for organisations wishing to operate new Top Level Domain (gTLD) registries.  As of that date, around 150 organisations had...

Unitary EU patent one step closer to reality

On 20 December 2011 the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted in favour of the so-called "EU patent package" - proposed legislation to create a unitary patent which would, when granted, automatically be valid in nearly all EU...

Excluded subject matter - Is it all in the mind?

Software and business method patents get frequent attention in the media, but what about methods of performing a mental act? In particular, what about computer implemented methods of performing simulations? These are the questions addressed by HHJ Birss QC...
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