Questions specifically relating to the EPO rules, patent practices in Europe, and patents filed in Europe

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What does it mean when a national patent out of a european patent gets contested

Lets assume that someones owns a national patent. Then he registers a european patent with the priority of his national patent. Later in a different state of the european union the patent gets ...
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Can a weak patent application come back to haunt you?

Let's say I made an improvement on a device. After prior-art search the patent attorney advised that there is risk that a patent application would get rejected. However, my ego got best of me and I ...
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Can I patent a genetically modified animal before creating the one?

I have an idea of a genetically modified animal whose artificial features will solve certain practical problem. The combination of features is far from trivial. Can I patent (in UK, EU, US and the ...
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Non-technical description for software patency?

What is a good example of a brief description on software patency? Essentially, I'd like a way to communicate what may be patentable and what may not be. I get asked a lot about software patency and ...
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Difference Espacenet, European patent register and Patent scope

What is the difference between; Espacenet, European patent register and Patent scope?
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Can embedded software be patented in the EU?

I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?
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'Technical effects' of software patents for eligibility

For patent eligibility of software patents in many countries including EU there is a requirement of 'technical effects' on the hardware device. These 'technical effects' are technological advances or ...
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Is WO and US patents valid in EU?

I read allot of the answers to your most question on this website and these where really helpful in getting a general idea of the patent laws. Hope that someone can help me out with the following ...
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When will the EU Unified Patent Court come into existence?

So far I have gathered that one can apply for an Unitary Patents(UP) when the Unified Patent Court (UPC) comes into existences. This will come into existence when: either on the first day of the 4th ...
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How can I contact the inventor or applicant of a European patent or application?

I'm interested in contacting the owner of EP1870511A1. Where can I find information to do so? I've reviewed "How can I contact the owner of a patent?," but it appears to only cover American patents ...
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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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Art from US Patent prevent patent in other countries?

My design patent was filed on Jul. 19, 2013, in the United States. I received some bad advice and did not file for an EU patent (huge market potential for my product there.) So I was wondering, if ...
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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 ...