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Much like a nurse attempting to decipher a doctor’s scrawled prescription note for their patient, a large proportion of a European patent attorney’s working life seems to involve interpreting examination reports for their clients, and in particular explaining the various comments and objections raised by the EPO examiners. As such, we thought it might be useful to summarise various objections that Applicants might see in Communications from the EPO, and what they really mean. (more…)
Unwired and Huawei’s Excellent Adventure: Birss J boards his Time Machine to look at prior art disclosures on the Internet
In a recent decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei, Birss J considered when a potential prior art document, which had been disclosed online, had been made available to the public. In the case in question the facts were such that the document had been published just a matter of hours before the priority document was filed. It was not in dispute that the document amounted to an enabling disclosure of the invention. (more…)