Category Archives: Patent Law

Priority Documents: Formalities and Time Limits in Germany and Europe

Many applicants of patents, trademarks or designs in Europe or Germany have questions concerning the formalities and time limits for having the priority claim of a previously filed application confirmed. The formalities and time limits for submitting either a priority document … Continue reading

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Revised German Patent Act: More Flexibility for Applicants

A revised German Patent Act will enter into force on April 1, 2014. This has been announced by the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) in a press release on October 24, 2013. With the revised German Patent Act important … Continue reading

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Amended Rules for European Divisional Applications: Consequences and Strategic Considerations for Practitioners

According to an announcement of the EPO, new rules for filing European divisional applications will enter into force on April 1, 2014. The new rules will have the consequence that for all European patent applications pending on April 1, 2014, … Continue reading

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Rule 36 EPC: New Time Limits for Filing Divisional Applications at the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has finally bowed to the pressure of many applicants for a European patent and will introduce new rules governing the filing of divisional applications. As has been announced by the EPO on October 18, 2013, … Continue reading

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Inventor Interview: Check-List for Preparing the Initial Interview with the Patent Attorney

Many times, inventors and start-up entrepreneurs realize they need professional help in order to protect their inventions. This is a good realization to have, as early as possible. Unfortunately, not too many inventors recognize that patent attorneys are (a) expensive … Continue reading

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Search Tools for Patents and Trademarks

The following search tools are provided by national and international patent and trademark offices and can be used free of charge for searching of patents, designs and trademarks: 1. Search Tools for Patents The following search tools can be used … Continue reading

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