With immediate effect, the European Patent Office will now only record an assignment of rights in a European patent application or European patent if signed by both the assignor(s) AND the assignee(s).
The plans for the Unitary patent package comprising the Unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have recently hit a stumbling block. Before the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 on whether to stay in the EU, 10 countries, including France, had ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA), which meant
On 1 July 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) introduced a streamlined opposition procedure that simplifies the procedure so that opposition proceedings can be brought to a faster conclusion. The aim is that the Opposition Division will reach a decision within two years from grant. Marks & Clerk explain. Read