European Granted Patents Up 40% in 2016

Data from the EPO database shows that more European patents were granted in 2016 than ever before; a 40% increase from 2015 to 2016 (69,500 up to 97,000 patents). The data seems to suggest that EPO examiners are now granting… Continue Reading →

New EPO Signature Guidelines for Transferring Rights

From 1 November 2016 the European Patent Office (EPO) will require signatures from both the assignor and assignee when recording transfers of rights on pending European patents and granted patents at the EPO.  US originating documents are likely to be… Continue Reading →

New Streamlined EPO Oppositions Procedures

The European Patent Office (EPO) opposition procedure allows people to challenge the validity of an EU patent within 9 months of its grant date.  Oppositions are a way to revoke people’s patents.  Oppositions have historically taken up to 3 years… Continue Reading →

Latest EPO Patent Data

Global Patent Applications Rose to 2.9 million in 2015.  In 2016 the European Patent Office (EPO) published 96,000 granted patents, 40% more than in 2015 making a new record high.  Just below half (48%) of all patent applications were from… Continue Reading →

EUIPO head and EPO president swap job roles

This Dawn Ellmore blog looks at changes at the top in the European IP (intellectual property) world. Current European Patent Office (EPO) president Benoît Battistelli has been elected as Chair of the Administrative Council for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI)…. Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore reviews the increase in UK patent applications with the EPO

The number of UK businesses filing patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) increased during 2017, according to a new report. The recently published Annual Report 2017 from the EPO shows that there was a 2.4% increase in patent… Continue Reading →

Steps to Apply for a European Patent

For an invention to be patentable, it must be new, industrially applicable and involve an inventive step.  Here are the 11 steps outlined by the European Patent Office to obtaining a European patent:  1) Before applying for a European patent… Continue Reading →

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