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EPO Divisionals Update

January 10, 2014 | Blog | By David Wraige

In October 2013, we reported that the EPO had removed the time limits for filing divisional applications. An outstanding detail at that time was the level of the fees that would be levied for filing second or any subsequent generation divisional applications.
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) gives applicants the opportunity to accelerate the examination of their patent applications in multiple countries once they have received a favourable report in one country.

ITC Pilot Program Promotes Early Disposition of Investigations

December 4, 2013 | Blog | By Robert Moore

Recent years have seen a surge in the number of investigations before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), owing to the promise of speedy resolution combined with the leverage that accompanies the threat of an exclusion order. 
The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced rule changes that will provide applicants with the option to have additional searches carried out during the European regional phase of Euro-Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications.

Divisionals U-Turn at the EPO

October 22, 2013 | Blog | By David Wraige

News broke last week that the European Patent Office's (EPO) Administrative Council has decided to remove the time limits for filing divisional applications. As of 1 April 2014, applicants will be able to file divisional applications at any time whilst an application is pending at the EPO.

Questions Remain in US - Is Software Patentable?

May 18, 2013 | Blog | By Rich Gervase, Peter Snell

After an en banc hearing at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), questions remain about the patent eligibility of software under US Patent and Trademark Office rules (specifically, § 101). 
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