The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent: with Brexit Day approaching and Germany yet to ratify, time is running out…

With still no decision on whether or not a legal challenge at the German Constitutional Court is admissible, it is becoming increasingly uncertain if the new legislation for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the unitary patent will come into force before the UK’s departure from the EU.  This article briefly outlines what the unitary

Where else can I secure protection via my European patent application?

Did you know that a European patent application can be used to secure protection reaching beyond the EPC member states?  Perhaps surprisingly, a European patent application can be used to obtain protection in other territories – including some geographically remote from Europe.  This article summarises relevant information about extension states, validation states and requesting protection

Poisonous Priority: Is it a problem?

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently issued its reasoned decision clarifying the EPO’s stance regarding partial priority (sometimes called multiple priorities).[1]  But what is the relationship between poisonous priority and partial priority and how do the legal approaches to these issues vary between different jurisdictions?  We take a look at these aspects of patent law