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Changes to accelerated prosecution (PACE) at the EPO

epologoThe EPO offers a number of mechanisms for expediting the grant procedure. As noted in the EPO’s November 2015 notice these include:

  • PACE (see below for changes)
  • Waiving the confirm to proceed notification under rule 70(2) EPC
  • Waiving the rules 161/162 EPC communication
  • Waiving a further communication under rule 71(3) EPC
  • Early entry into the European phase

During post grant proceedings the above EPO Notice also highlights accelerated processing of oppositions where infringement proceedings have been instituted and accelerated processing before the Boards of Appeal.

From 1 January 2016, (Happy New Year everyone!), the EPO has tweaked the operation of the PACE programme slightly. Full details can be found in the EPO’s PACE Notice dated 30 November 2015. The highlights are as follows: (more…)

IPcopy in Washington – Part 2: AIPLA 2013 – Developments in EP patent law


Last week IPcopy had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of AIPLA in Washington. As well as listening to some of the hot issues of the day on the US side of the pond (section 101/patent eligibility and non-practising entities in particular – see our earlier post here) we also got the chance to get some US practitioner’s thoughts on the European patent landscape.

What follows below therefore are some European developments that may be of interest to our US colleagues. (more…)

Superfast Patent Processing: Government response

Need for speed? UK decides not to "Be more dog"

Need for speed? UK decides not to “Be more dog”

As reported here on 22 April, the UKIPO opened a consultation on a new accelerated prosecution service dubbed “superfast”. The intention of this service was to offer a premium accelerated prosecution service in addition to  the free acceleration services currently available, which can already bring the time taken to obtain a UK patent to less than a year.

The Government has now publised their response to the consultation which can be found here. Not unsurprisingly, a number of concerns were raised and the Government has decided not to go ahead with the proposal.


I feel the need, the need for speed – accelerated prosecution in the UK

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASuperfast, Green Channel, accelerated prosecution – Confused?

Four years on from the launch of the lean, mean, Green Channel patent machine, will this process for accelerating UK patent prosecution still have any worth should the new Superfast patent processing service be launched?


The UK Intellectual Property Office – 160 years young

UKNext year the London Underground is 150 years old. With an extensive maintenance project underway some might say it is showing its age.

The UK Intellectual Property Offfice on the other hand celebrates 160 years this year and this IPcopywriter believes it is a case of 160 years young rather than 160 years old.