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Awarded by Managing IP

21 June marked the 18th annual awards ceremony hosted by Managing IP. This ceremony was traditionally held in London, in the presence of more than 500 guests. Prestigious awards in a wide range of IP service categories were given to a selection of renowned IP firms from Europe, the Middle East and Europe (EMEA).

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Subsidy and funding opportunities for IP 

IP plays a crucial role in the development of innovative products and technologies. To stimulate companies with an active innovation policy, many subsidies and funding opportunities have been created, such as Horizon Europe, the SME Fund, Eurostars, the Innovatiebox, the RVO scheme Innovatiekrediet, KIEM and SBIR innovatie in opdracht. Below is a brief introduction.

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Enlarged Board of Appeal rules on plausibility

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued a ruling on "plausibility" on 23 March 2023. Peter de Lange, patent attorney at V.O.: "For practice, this is an important ruling, especially for pharma, life sciences and chemistry. In those fields, you always have to check whether the client has sufficient experimental data to support the invention in the application.

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New European patent system launched

As of 1 June, the new European patent system is in force and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) finally opens its doors. This completes the preparations that had begun back in 1975 to create a truly European patent court.

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