The IP industry is always changing and evolving, and here you can find out what we at HGF are saying about the latest IP news and its impact.
UK Parliament Approves UP & UPC Draft Legislation
The UK Parliament has approved the legislation (The Patents (European Patent with Unitary Effect and Unified Patent Court) Order 2016) which will give effect to European Union legislation in relation to the European patent with unitary effect and to the international agreement on the Unified Patent Court in the UK.Find out more
EP Melon Patent invalid: non-enabling technical disclosure
The Decision of the Opposition Division in case EP1962578 is now available.Find out more
9th UPC Ratification – could the UK be next?
In January, Finland were the 9th Member State to ratify the agreement on the Unified Patent Court, which with 13 signatures (including the UK, France and Germany) will ultimately bring the unitary patent into being.Find out more
SPCs and Unitary Patents
Currently, Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) can be obtained on the basis of granted European patents. But there is a question mark over the possibility of obtaining unitary SPCs on the basis of granted European unitary patents .Find out more
Agreement reached on the distribution of renewal fees in respect of Unitary Patents
Agreement has been reached on the distribution of income that will be generated from renewal fees in respect of Unitary Patents. The EPO will be entitled to 50% of each renewal fee, while the other 50% will be distributed among the EU Member States participating in the Unitary Patent scheme, announced the EPO.Find out more
UPC Rules Of Procedure Finalised
The UPC Signatory States have agreed and adopted a final version of the Rules of Procedure, subject to any future amendments on the court fees .Find out more
The Unitary Patent gets more unified
Italy has joined the unitary patent as the 26th member of the enhanced cooperation on unitary patent protection. This is a boost for the unitary patent, as Italy is the fourth biggest market in Europe in terms of patent validation.Find out more
Italy to Join Unitary Patent
Italy have formally given notification to the Council of the European Union of its intention to participate in the unitary patent.Find out more
Unitary Patent Renewal Fees – EPO adopts lowest proposed fees
The EPO Select Committee (set up to supervise the EPO's activities related to the tasks entrusted to it in the context of unitary patent protection) has endorsed the “True Top 4” level of proposal renewal fees applicable to the unitary patent. The EPO reports that the proposal was adopted with the required ¾ majority.Find out more
2016 for the first Unitary Patents?
There have been a number of noteworthy news items in the last few weeks that all point towards the future of the proposed Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court drawing ever closer, and possibly even on improved terms for users.Find out more