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European Patent Office abolishes the ‘10-day rule’

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced “a new package of rule changes intended to adapt the rules of the European Patent Court (EPC) to the digital age”. The package includes the abolishment of the '10-day rule’. What... read more

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Start Sunrise period UPC

The 'Sunrise' period for the 'Unified Patent Court' (UPC) started today (March 1, 2023) and runs until June 1, 2023. During this period you can submit opt-outs for your existing European patents and delay the grant of your European patent applications. From... read more

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Sunrise of the Unitary Patent: decision time!

[UPDATE FEBRUARY 22, 2023:] It has been confirmed that the UPC will open its doors on June 1, 2023. The Sunrise period will start March 1, 2023. As it stands, we might have a new type of European patent soon (2023) in addition to the existing European... read more


Dutch Patent Office announces to refuse previously published “re-used” patent applications

The Dutch Patent Office (DPO) has recently announced that, from September 1, 2022, it will refuse previously published "re-used" patent applications. From mid-2021, the DPO has been confronted with an influx of national patent applications that turn... read more

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