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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Alison Brimelow on the EPO's future


The IPKat has spotted an interesting article here where Ms Brimelow , the current president of the European Patent Office, has been speaking her mind about where the EPO might be heading in the near, middle and distant future.

(right, Alison in a slightly less severe picture than the one from the EPO here)

This Kat was particularly interested in the apparent possibility of a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal in the near future on the subject of those much-discussed Article 52 exclusions, something that the previous president emphatically said 'non' to (as the IPKat noted here).

Oh, and there's something about Chinese patents.

UPDATE (7 Feb): Apologies to readers who cannot access the article linked to above, which appears now to have been locked-down to subscribers only. It was freely available when the post was originally written.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The EPO has also requested that some of the article needs to be clarified as some passages were "misleading".

FOARP said...

Seem to remember that there was a passage in the interview giving an example of a German company succesfully being sued by a Chinese company for 30 million euros for infringement of a Chinese utility model - is this true? I've been unable to find a reference anywhere else, and damages awarded by Chinese courts has been a matter of some discussion over at the China Law Blog.

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