Jack Hicks Attends U.S. Bar/EPO Liaison Counsel Meeting In Germany
- Unified Patent & Unified Patent Court. The European Union nations are debating establishing a European Unified Patent that would be effective in all member states. If that comes to pass, a Unified Patent Court would serve as the exclusive jurisdiction for patent infringement and nullification (validity) proceedings.
- Approval Needed by USPTO to Send Search Results to EPO. Because of an arrangement worked out between the USPTO and the EPO, U.S. applicants are currently exempt from a requirement to personally transmit search results for a U.S. priority application to the EPO. At no charge to applicants, the USPTO will electronically deliver these search results from U.S. priority applications to the EPO, provide that permission is given. However, applicants must file a Certification and Authorization Form.
- Raising the Bar of Patent Applications. In general, the EPO wants to increase the quality of the submitted applications by, in large part, encouraging applicants to better define their invention early in the process. This early-narrowing of patent claims is somewhat contrary to the traditional U.S. patent application method, so applicants need to be aware of the differences.
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