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What is the deadline for Appeal in a Community Design?

Chris Hall and I have been involved in a design invalidation case before OHIM.  The other side (the design proprietor) have had their appeal deemed inadmissible in a decision which (if it is followed in future) will affect how time … Continue reading

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When is software patentable?

A common question. There are three basic hurdles to clear in order for an idea to be patentable. It must be: within an area of technology in which patents are permitted, new (i.e. different to that which was previously known) … Continue reading

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Unofficial Registers

This is one of the few scams that operate in the IP world. If your trade mark application has been accepted, or your patent application has reached the ripe old age of 18 months, then it will be published by … Continue reading

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How do I calculate a time limit in a European patent application?

This is a tricky one, as it depends on the type of time limit that has been set. The deadlines for paying most official fees are set with reference to the European Patent Convention. For example, the filing and search … Continue reading

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How do I extend time limits at the EPO?

There are two mechanisms for extending time limits at the EPO. The first is to request an extension prior to expiry of the deadline. These extensions do not require payment of official fees, but are discretionary and only apply to certain time … Continue reading

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Which countries are Member States of the European Union (EU)

Current Members of the EU Austira Belgium Bulgaria** Cyprus* Czech Republic* Denmark Estonia* Finland France Germany Greece Hungary* Ireland Italy Latvia* Lithuania* Luxembourg Malta* Netherlands Poland* Portugal Romania** Slovakia* Slovenia* Spain Sweden United Kingdom * Joined the EU in 2004 … Continue reading

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