IP News

Beth Campbell

T1791/16 – Clarity in opposition proceedings


In decision T 1791/16 dated 22 June 2021, the Board of Appeal decided that if a granted claim is

G1/21 – Enlarged Board of Appeal issues decision on appeal oral proceedings by videoconference

The Enlarged Board of Appeal (the highest appeal body at the EPO) has issued a decision on the legality of …

The UK IPO’s Manual of Patent Practice goes gender-neutral

The UK IPO has announced that the Manual of Patent Practice (MoPP) has been updated to be gender-neutral.  Previously the …

Dr Rosalie Shepherd

The EPO provides further guidance on plausibility – T184/16

Plausibility is frequently debated at the EPO in the context of both sufficiency and inventive step. Typically, the EPO considers …

Kate Selwyn

G4/19 – EPO confirms their position on double patenting

Double patenting, as the name suggests, refers to obtaining two or more patents for the same subject-matter.  Double patenting applies …

Dr Mark Connell

Post-published data to support an inventive step: possible Enlarged Board of Appeal referral

A new referral is expected to the Enlarged Board of Appeal – the highest level of independent judicial authority at …

Kate Selwyn

Changes to sequence listing format at WIPO in 2022

Where patent applications involve sequence information, such as nucleotide or amino acid sequences of genes, the patent application should usually …

Dr Jack Gunning

UPC Update – July 2021

The Unified Patent Court (UPC), if implemented, will provide a common international court for litigating European patents in participating EU …

Dr Ryan Mitchell

Antibody inventions – insight provided by latest EPO Guidelines

The latest version of the EPO Guidelines contains, for the first time, a specific section on antibody inventions providing insight …