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    And now we wait - EUP enters ratification stage

    At a meeting of the Council of Europe held on 19 February 2013, the 24 Member States signed the International Agreement establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC). Bulgaria and Poland who did not sign ...
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    An introduction to Patent Box

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    Opposition Status Q&A

    Some questions concerning opponent status find no answers in the EPC. To arrive at answers Boards of Appeal have filled perceived gaps in the law. Evidently this has not been easy. Over time the Enlar...
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    The European Unitary Patent now formally adopted by the EU Council

    As anticipated, the Regulation for the Unitary Patent (UP) was formally adopted by the Council on Monday, 17th December 2012 following the European Parliament having reached agreement on revised wordi...
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    The European Unitary Patent - real progress at last

    After decades of discussions, negotiations, disagreements and compromises, today the European Parliament has finally agreed on a unitary patent package - paving the way for a pan-European patent and a...

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