23 Sep 2022

EPO now offering an additional search service on allowance of a European application

On 1 September 2022, the EPO started offering a search service additional to standard search and examination. The additional service will focus on searching for national patent applications that need not be taken into account during prosecution at the EPO, but could affect validity of national parts of a granted European patent or a Unitary Patent.

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07 Sep 2022

Is this the start of COVID-19 patent wars?

Moderna has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Pfizer and BioNTech (Pfizer’s German partner) over mRNA technology Moderna claims to have developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it seems that the cooperation shown during the COVID-19 pandemic that led to such rapid vaccine development is starting to wear off.

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14 Jul 2022

Appeal Oral Proceedings by Video Conference

The EPO has reaffirmed that Appeal Board oral proceedings can be held by videoconference despite disagreement from one or both parties during a general emergency. This still appears to be considered a temporary measure until restrictions that have arisen due to the pandemic fully subside.

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13 Jul 2022

Slingsby Partners recommended in the IAM Patent 1000 2022

Slingsby Partners LLP is pleased to announce that we have been recommended in the IAM Patent 1000 2022 for UK patent prosecution. The IAM Patent 1000 2022 has the following to say about the firm:

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