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23. 9月 2022

ALWAYS ON THE LATEST "STATE OF THE ART"...

Right now GSi is training our team in various areas of our trademark and patent management software WiNPAT.
The training is tailored to the specific needs of our departments.
This way we always stay up to date in digitized office world.

02. 9月 2022

CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - NEW AUTHENTICATION AND ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

It is published on the website of the UPC that, as of September, the UPC's Case Management System (CMS) login process will be based on a new, strong authentication scheme providing the highest level of security. Instead of the current simple Account/Password-system, an electronic Identification Certificate compliant with EU Regulation No. 910/2014 (eIDAS-Verordnung) will be required. Moreover, a "qualified electronic signature" will be required to electronically sign legal UPC documents.

The implementation will take place in the next release of the UPC CMS v0.65 and will be activated mid or end of September 2022.

For more details please be referred to the website of the UPC:
Case Management System - New authentication and electronic signature | Unified Patent Court (unified-patent-court.org)

The new authentication scheme marks a major milestone in the implementation of the CMS and, hence, a big step forward to the start of the Sunrise Period.

03. 8月 2022

FERRARI WINS ANOTHER RACE – UNREGISTERED DESIGNS IN EU

an article by Dr. Christian Thomas, published in the Japanese Journal "A.I.P.P.I."; Vol. 67, No.7, 2022Click here for the original document.

27. 7月 2022

EPO NEWS: EPO introduces systematic final search for prior national rights

Prior rights as prior art are limited to European applications in the grant procedure before the EPO. After grant, however, earlier national rights must be taken into account in the validation of the national bundle patent, which is why different claim versions are then possible for the national bundle patent before the substantive examination is completed.

This is of particular importance for the future unitary patent, as only one uniform claim version can exist here. This claim version should therefore also take account of existing earlier rights before grant.

The EPO therefore offers applicants an additional service to help them decide whether to file separate sets of claims. The examining division will search for prior national rights, assess their prima facie relevance and communicate the citations of all prima facie relevant national rights in a notice of intention to grant (Rule 71(3) EPC). On this basis, applicants may assess in detail any national right opposed.

12. 7月 2022

RECOMMENDED AGAIN

IAM 1000 has recommended us again:
"The reliable team of 20 at KUHNEN & WACKER – which includes patent attorneys, attorneys-at-law and engineers – can be relied upon for everything from portfolio management to freedom-to-operate analyses and due diligence projects. For more than 40 years it has served the needs of a varied clientele, which includes promising start-ups as well as some of the main names in the electronics and automotive sectors. Key among its battalion of specialists are senior partners Rainer Kuhnen and Stephan Kopp."

08. 7月 2022

EPO STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF INTRODUCING A GRACE PERIOD IN EUROPE

German patent law provided for a grace period until 1978. The US still has it today.
Since the EPC (and all national European patent systems) do not provide for a grace period, but are based on the absolute concept of novelty, the possible introduction of a grace period is a recurring topic in the debate on harmonisation of substantive patent law.

Most recently, the EPO published a study on the subject.
The aim of the study is to inform the current debates on this topic by providing an evidence-based assessment of the potential economic impact of introducing a grace period in Europe.

Here is the full study and a summary of the key findings (English only).

01. 6月 2022

SAVE THE DATE

for our 32nd EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR from October 2 to 5, 2022 on site in Freising.

More information will follow soon! We look forward to welcoming you then!

 

08. 4月 2022

“BEING THERE IS EVERYTHING” DOES NOT SATISFY US…

Christian Thomas, Detlef von Ahsen and the firm itself have repeatedly been awarded 1 x Silver and 2 x Bronze by WTR 1000. Click here for the ranking!

06. 4月 2022

ABSTRACT OF DPMA NOTICE NO. 3/22

The deadline for entering the national phase before the GPTO has been extended from 30 months to 31 months. The new rule will enter into force on 1 May 2022 without a transitional provision.

18. 2月 2022

EPO NEWS: FEE INCREASE

Two years after the last fee increase in April 2020, the European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that it will increase office fees by an average of 2.5% from April 1, 2022.

The fees with the largest increase (~3%) include filing and renewal fees, while additional page fees, international search fees, and further processing of delayed payments will remain at current levels.
Most official fees paid on or after April 1, 2022 will be calculated at the new rate. Applicants can therefore save money by paying fees early, before the fee increase deadline of April 1, 2022, even if the official fee payment due date is later in the year. Some fee payments (e.g., examination fees and annual fees) may be made several months before the official due date. Therefore, it may be worthwhile for applicants to review their patent portfolios now to determine which fee payments are due in the next few months.

In particular, early entry into the European regional phase (i.e., before April 1, 2022) offers the highest potential savings. This can save applicants up to €115 per application (approximately 3% of the official fees).
Therefore, it may be worthwhile for applicants to examine their pending PCT applications now to decide whether to enter the European regional phase early to benefit from the cost savings.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@kuhnen-wacker.com

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