Spotlight on Female Inventors- The European Patent Office (EPO)

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March) the European Patent Office (EPO) highlighted the work of outstanding female inventors over the past decade. Sources say that each year, women involve about one in nine proposals for the European Inventor Award. The First woman to win the Award was, the Italian Inventor and entrepreneur Catia Bastoli…

European Patent Office Practices

Over the last few years, there has been number of procedural changes at the European Patent Office (EPO) like, Clarification of the scope of protection prior to search (Rule 62a EPC and Rule 63 EPC), Mandatory responses to the international written opinion prepared by the EPO (Rule 161 EPC) and The European search opinion (Rule…

News from FIVE IP OFFICES:

The five IP offices (IP5) is the name given to a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world that was set up to improve the efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide. The members of IP5 are: the European Patent Office (EPO) the Japan Patent Office (JPO) the Korean Intellectual…

New IP Law in Morocco

A new Industrial Property law (23-13) in place of 17/97 came into force in Morocco recently. Some important changes include: Patents There is a new reach for the divisional patent applications and a provision for compulsory licenses for non- exploitation of an invention. It also confirms that the annuities are only payable once the patent…

New European Unity Rules Effective from November

The amended Rule 164 of the European Patent Convention (EPC), which was previously analyzed by Global IP Matters, finally came into effect.  Rule 164 as amended offers applicants more flexibility because the European Patent Office (EPO) will now search multiple inventions regardless of the International Searching Authority (ISA) chosen for a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)…

Global Patent Trends

The European Patent Office (EPO), revealed the statistics for the global company that has filed patents in Europe. EPO says that Philips filed the third largest number of patent applications in 2013 with 59% increase compare to last year. The company has 64,000 patent rights, 93,000 design rights, 46,000 trademarks and 4,700 domain names. Other…