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23 May 2022

WIPR Leaders List for 2022 Published

Oxon IP Director Leythem Wall has been listed in the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders List for 2022.

The online publication is a directory of the world’s leading IP…

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25 April 2022

EPO Appeal Statistics for 2021 Published

The Annual Report 2021 of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office was made available earlier today.

The report shows that in line with previous years, appeals of oppositions…

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06 April 2022

Opposition Videoconference Hearings Further Extended

The EPO has announced that Oral Proceedings by VICO for oppositions will continue to be the default format up to 31 December 2022. This is extended from the previously announced end date of 31 May…

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05 April 2022

EPO 2021 Statistics Published – Oppositions Slowing Down

The European Patent Office Patent Index 2021 was made available earlier today.

The annual report shows that patent application filings were at record levels with big increases in digital…

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01 February 2022

Two New Referrals to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal

In a decision dated 28 January 2022, EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.04 has referred questions to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on entitlement to priority. The referrals are pending under G1/22…

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19 January 2022

The UPC Provisional Period Enters into Force

On 18 January 2022, Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) on provisional application (PPA). The…

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17 January 2022

IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders List for 2022 published

Oxon IP Director Leythem Wall has been listed for the second successive year as an IAM Strategy 300 Global Leader.

IAM says: "Leythem Wall is outstanding in all areas of patent practice…

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12 January 2022

2022 Forecast: The Year of the UPC?

In an article for World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), commentators discuss their IP predictions for 2022, and in particular developments relating…

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30 November 2021

​​​​​​​EPO to Stay Proceedings Pending Outcome of G2/21

Following the referral G2/21 to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the use of post published evidence, the President of the EPO has announced with immediate effect…

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30 November 2021

EPO Publishes Opposition VICO Survey Results

Earlier this year the EPO conducted a survey on users’ experience of Opposition Oral proceedings by videoconference. The results of the survey have now been made available…

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24 November 2021

Opposition Videoconference Hearings Extended

The EPO has announced that Oral Proceedings by VICO for oppositions will continue to be the default format up to 31 May 2022. This is extended from the previously…

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22 November 2021

EPO Publishes Annual Compendium of Statistics for 2020

Published online this week, the EPO Administrative Council has now made available the annual compendium of statistics on activity at the EPO and member state offices in…

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21 October 2021

New Questions Referred to EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal

In a decision dated 11 October 2021, EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.02 has referred questions to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on use of post published evidence (e.g. experimental data filed…

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18 August 2021

Germany Publishes UPC Ratification Legislation

After last month’s rejection of the constitutional complaints against the Unified Patent Court (UPC), Germany has now published its legislation enabling ratification of…

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20 July 2021

IAM Strategy 300 for 2021 Published

Oxon IP Director Leythem Wall has been included again in this year's IAM Strategy 300 listings.

The IAM Strategy 300 identifies the individuals…

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16 July 2021

Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision G1/21 Restricted to General Emergencies

Following on from the G1/21 hearing on 2 July regarding legality of videoconference proceedings without party consent, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has decided as follows:

During a…

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09 July 2021

UPC German Constitutional Complaints Deemed Inadmissible

“In an order published today, the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court rejected two applications for preliminary injunction directed against the Act of…

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23 June 2021

Enlarged Board of Appeal confirms Double Patenting Preclusion at The EPO

The EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has now issued their decision on referral G4/19 concerning double patenting at the EPO i.e. two patents being granted to the same person for the same…

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01 June 2021

G1/21 Hearing Postponed Until 2 July 2021

On 28 May the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) assembled for the much anticipated hearing on legality of holding Oral Proceedings by videoconference when not consented…

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24 May 2021

EPO Overhauls VICO Legality Board Amid Bias Row

In an article for World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), commentators discuss the latest twists and turns in the referral to the Enlarged Board of…

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20 May 2021

Opposition Videoconference Hearings Continue into 2022

EPO Opposition Oral Proceedings will continue by VICO as default until at least 31 January 2022, the EPO has announced. If there are "serious reasons"…

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19 May 2021

IAM Patent 1000 Rankings for 2021 Published

Oxon IP Director Leythem Wall has been recommended in this year's IAM Patent 1000 rankings.

The IAM Patent 1000 is the definitive resource for…

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03 May 2021

EPO President weighs in on legality of Oral Proceedings by videconference

Ahead of the upcoming EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal hearing over pending referral G1/21, which concerns the question of whether party consent is…

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