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Accelerated USPTO examination for "green" patent applications

Accelerated examination is now available for at least 3,000 U.S. patent applications claiming "green technology" under a pilot program announced on 7 December 2009.

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New EPO rules for divisional applications

On 1 April 2010, new EPO rules for divisional applications will enter into force. The new rules introduce a new time limit for filing divisional applications.

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EPO rule changes - part II

In addition to the rule changes concerning divisional applications, which changes are explained in the news item "New EPO rules for divisional applications", further miscellaneous rules changes also will come into effect on 1 April 2010.

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The EPO and the WARF stem cell patent

The EPO will not grant patents for human embryo stem cells that require the destruction of the embryo.

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Strategic trademark filing in the Benelux and the EU

In filing trademark applications in general, the scope of protection ultimately obtained is generally determined by the designated goods and services.

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The Netherlands celebrate 100 years of modern patent law

In 2010 it will be 100 years ago that the Netherlands revived its patent system in a modern form.

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Presenting "the green team"

"Alternative energy", "clean tech", "green", and sustainable" are not only buzzwords - these terms now refer to activities that, if they are not already big business, they soon will be.

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