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NLO opens office in Ghent, Belgium




Presence on Belgian technology campus powerfully represents NLO’s growth strategy


The Hague – On 1 September 2015, NLO (Nederlandsch Octrooibureau) is opening a full service IP office in the Technology Park in Ghent. Based in the brand new AA-Tower, at the heart of the Zwijnaarde innovation campus, a team of patent attorneys will further expand existing activities in the Belgian market.


Fortify #3 Spring/Summer 2015 out now


Fortify is the business relation magazine published twice a year by NLO and NLO Shieldmark. The Spring/Summer edition 2015 is out now! 


Unified Patent Court proposes Fees Schedule


The Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has now come up with a “Draft proposal” for a fee schedule to be incorporated in the Rules of Procedure of the UPC. It is a “Consultation Document”, to which any one can comment until the end of July of this year.


Public Holiday in the Netherlands


Please note: due to Ascension Day our offices will be closed on Thursday 14 May and Friday 15 May. May we remind you that any matters requiring our prompt attention, especially documents that need to be filed with the Netherlands or European Patent Offices, should be sent to us in good time before the due dates.


CJEU to rule on Spanish Challenge to Unitary Patent II


On May 5th, the Court of Justice of the EU announced its verdict regarding the action instigated by Spain against the European Parliament and Council of the European Union.


CJEU to rule on Spanish Challenge to Unitary Patent


Tomorrow 5th May 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is expected to hand down its long awaited decision on whether or not, Spain's action against the European Parliament and Council of the European Union is to be dismissed. If Spain’s complaint were to be upheld, it could cause the new Unitary Patent Package (UPP) to be seriously delayed or even abolished.


Striking the balance between patent assertion entities and SMEs


This article was published in IAM's Patents in Europe 2015/2016

With the issuance of the first unitary patents and concurrent establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) just around the corner, concerns have emerged regarding the ease with which patent assertion entities (PAEs) might exert undue influence over the European market. Frequently referred to as ‘trolls’, they are a phenomenon which has until now been primarily associated with US enforcement proceedings.


Unified Patent Court Mock trial


The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is not yet operational, so how can patent professionals gain experience with the new system and be prepared when the UPC becomes effective? French organizations with an interest in patents and future users of the UPC have joined forces and set up UJUB: Union pour la Jurisdiction Unifiée du Brevet. Recently they organized a mock trial as an educational experiment to experience how the UPC agreement and regulations would work out in practice.



Clarity in opposition: a decision in G3/14


On 24 March 2015 the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has distributed its decision on the referred questions in T373/12 concerning the examination of clarity of amended claims in opposition and the interpretation of Article 101(3) EPC.


Claims on plants obtained by essentially biological processes not excluded from patentability


Decision in the consolidated proceedings of G2/13 (Broccoli) and G2/12 (Tomato)


Good news for plant biotech industry: on March 25th, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) has decided in the consolidated proceedings of the “Broccoli” (T83/05) and “Tomato” (T 1242/06) case in favor of patentability of claims on a novel plant product that is generated by an essentially biological process or a product-by-process claim defined in terms of such a process.



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