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2021 Guidelines for Examination at the European Patent Office

The Guidelines for Examination at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been updated to be ...

The Guidelines for Examination at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been updated to be gender neutral, and to reflect recent changes in law and practice. - Read more
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Changes to patent term extensions and patent term adjustments in South Korea

South Korea has changed the eligibility requirements for patent term extensions (PTEs) and...

South Korea has changed the eligibility requirements for patent term extensions (PTEs) and the regulations for patent term adjustments (PTAs). - Read more
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Re-registered International Designs can now be searched on the UK Register

On 1 January 2021, the UK automatically created ‘re-registered’ designs cloned from EU-des...

On 1 January 2021, the UK automatically created ‘re-registered’ designs cloned from EU-designating designs, to ensure intellectual property rights were not lost - Read more
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Simulations are patentable inventions

The highest court at the European Patent Office decides that simulations are patentable, j...

The highest court at the European Patent Office decides that simulations are patentable, just like any other computer-implemented invention. - Read more
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Update concerning GCC patent applications

The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCCPO) has stopped accepting new patent applic...

The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCCPO) has stopped accepting new patent applications, but will continue its operations for pending and granted cases - Read more
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Designation of inventor changes at the EPO

The EPO’s requirements for the designation of the inventor have changed. The EPO will also...

The EPO’s requirements for the designation of the inventor have changed. The EPO will also no longer inform inventors that they have been designated. - Read more
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International Bureau Closure Dates - 2021

A list of the days on which the International Bureau (IB) is closed in the remainder of 20...

A list of the days on which the International Bureau (IB) is closed in the remainder of 2021 is provided below. Should a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) documen - Read more
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Patent Prosecution Highway

In many instances the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) reduces the time taken to obtain a ...

In many instances the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) reduces the time taken to obtain a granted patent and may also reduce the overall costs involved in obtai - Read more
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European Patent Convention

The 17th edition of the European Patent Convention (EPC) has recently been released

The 17th edition of the European Patent Convention (EPC) has recently been released - Read more
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European Patent Office Closure Dates over Christmas and the New Year

In view of the current situation with coronavirus, the EPO is extending the list of days o...

In view of the current situation with coronavirus, the EPO is extending the list of days on which its filing offices are closed for the receipt of documents. - Read more
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University of Wolverhampton’s Smart Concept Fund renews its relationship with Swindell & Pearson

Swindell & Pearson is delighted to announce that we’ve again been appointed to provide fun...

Swindell & Pearson is delighted to announce that we’ve again been appointed to provide funded intellectual property (IP) services to Small and Medium sized Ente - Read more
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Patent Prosecution Highway

In many instances the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) reduces the time taken to obtain a ...

In many instances the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) reduces the time taken to obtain a granted patent and may also reduce the overall costs involved in obtai - Read more

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