We’ve covered the patent case review from the above seminar in some detail but in among the main presentations were a few other points (relating to the unitary patent in Germany and the need to check the UK Patents Register when finding the current granted claims) that stood out and are probably not long enough in their own right for a full post.
- There is apparently a hot debate going on in Germany at the moment whether to allow English as an official language in the (4) local divisions being considered.
- The facilities ear marked for the German central division are not, it would seem, that large or grand. In fact the comment was made that the UK could host its part of the central division in the street at Holborn and it would be better!
Check the Register
As a final point in a discussion about claim construction the need to check the UK register thoroughly was highlighted. Although patents will generally be republished if amended after grant this may not always be the case.
In EP2093650 some of the claims of the patent were held invalid by virtue of a court order. However, the patent itself was left unamended and instead a note was placed on the UK Ipsum register under the Case Notes tab (see the entry dated 12 September 2014 below).
This illustrates the need to fully check the UK register when dealing with the current claims of any granted UK or EP(UK) patent.
Mark Richardson 26 February 2015