Questions specifically relating to the patent systems of the European Union and the European Patent Convention.

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Possible US court sanctions over EU company in software patent infringment case

What are the possible sanctions from US court if a EU company decides that continuing software patent litigation is useless but is not willing to make a deal with accusing party. In other words ...
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What would be the process for a European Union Patent application?

In the USA, and Canada, we have a very low bar when applying for patents. For example, in the USA, one could apply for a provisional patent, and wait a year before applying for a utility or design ...
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Is it true that you can avoid infringing on a patent merely by not being aware of it in EU?

A friend of mine says you can avoid infringing on a patent merely by not being aware of it in EU, and that for this reason organisations have policies against posting links to patent in mailing lists ...
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EU (non-US, european) patent EP 1148681 - software patent and prior art

EP 1148681 is a EU patent owned by Nokia. Nokia has been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices based on this patent. This shouldn't even be patentable in the EU, since software ...
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Is SIFT algorithm patent valid in Europe?

I want to use the SIFT algorithm for my scientific research (in EU, concretely SP), but it may end in a commercial software. I've searched the internet and what I found is that the patent is only in ...
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Patents on construction kits in germany

Can patents restrict the noncommercial distribution of schematics and contstruction kits in germany? Example: A company is patent holder for a blinking LED. A student puts schematics and partlists ...
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Is patent EP2382885 awarded or pending?

A foldable footwear, EP2382885 A1 Is this patent awarded or pending? If it is pending, how long will it be before a decision is issued?
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Are US software patents enforceable in the UK?

The UK Patent Act 1977 clearly states that It is hereby declared that the following (among other things) are not inventions for the purposes of this Act, that is to say, anything which consists of ...