New on Kluwer Patent Blog: Koninklijke Philips N.V. vs. Wiko SAS, Nederland
The holder of a standard essential patent (SEP) should first notify the alleged infringer of the SEP, following which the alleged infringer should inform the patent holder of its willingness to take a licence. Then, said licence needs to be offered on FRAND terms.
Potentially new opportunities for patents in the United States
In the USA, one of the requirements against which the conclusions of a patent application can be tested is whether it contains a matter that is eligible for patenting. Continue reading
Silver ranking by Financial Times
In the list of Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms 2019, drawn up by the Financial Times, V.O. has been ranked silver in the category Mechanical Engineering. Continue reading
New on Kluwer Patent Blog: Eli Lilly and Company vs. Fresenius Kabi Nederland B.V., Netherlands
The scope of a patent is to be interpreted according to Art. 69 EPC and the Protocol. If the literal text is limiting, the question is how the skilled person would understand this limitation. Continue reading
New on Kluwer Patent Blog: HE Licenties B.V. vs VG Colours B.V., Netherlands
A patent that is limited during the course of the proceedings (even after the pleadings) is held to have been so limited ab initio if the limitation is duly registered. Continue reading
Demand for patent protection continues to grow in Europe
The 2018 annual report of the European Patent Office (EPO) shows a 4.6% increase in the number of European patent applications, reaching 174,000 applications.