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Charlotte Teall

A word of warning to seek expert advice when paying renewal fees for UK Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

SPCs are a form of patent term extension in Europe that can provide up to 5 additional years of patent …

Charlotte Teall

Supplementary Protection Certificates

Introduction

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) exist to compensate patentees in Europe for the long time it can take to get …

Charlotte Sunderland

EPO does a U-turn on plants produced by “Essentially biological processes”

The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest judicial authority at the European Patent Office (EPO), has controversially reversed its earlier …

Charlotte Teall

CJEU clarifies the use of functional patent claims to obtain patent term extensions

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are a form of patent term extension in Europe that can provide up to five additional …

Brexit FAQs

When is Brexit?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. However, for the time being, this is …

Adilka Weiß

German Federal Constitutional Court thwarts UPC Agreement

The German Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the German ratification law for the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court …

Supplementary Protection Certificates after Brexit

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The legislation concerning current and future UK Supplementary Protection Certificates …

James Cornford

EPO Fee Increases from 1 April 2020

The EPO has announced increases to some official fees with effect from 1 April 2020. Most fees have risen by …

UK government confirms it will not seek involvement in the UPC

It was announced last week that the UK will not seek to be part of the UPC.

The Unified Patent …