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European Patents may indeed protect products for a second medical use. The Guidelines explicitly state "known products" for second (or further) medical use. The patent is granted depending on whether the further medical use is inventive over the prior art, because obviously the product itself is not. The reason behind all this is that protection of ...


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Worse, whomever the ISA is will only search one inventive concept. To get all ten searched you will pay (if the EPO is your ISA) $1950 per each inventive concept. And at the regional stage in the EPO, any claims not to a single inventive concept will be discarded and only a set of claims with "unity of invention" will be examined. You might want to learn ...


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A PCT application is an application for a patent in 150+ jurisdictions. Theoretically you can chose which of those places your application covers at the time you file. That is called a designation. In actually, all member countries are designated by default. However those applications end 30 or 31 months after the earliest claimed priority date if they are ...


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Concerning the European patent practice, most probably you would receive an objection on the grounds of lack of clarity because there is an inconsistency between the scope of the independent claim and the scope of the dependent claim. In the scope of the independent claim you have a system/method with three features/steps, whereas in the scope of the ...


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I can imagine a case like this - claim 1. A system with an A and a transmitter module and a receiver module. Claim 2, the system of claim 1 where the transmitter module and the receiver module are comprised in a transceiver module where a common antenna is used. In your example "wherein the antenna is the handle" is fine. I wouldn't think of it as two ...


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The U.S. application should have all of those elements but the U.S. application is not an EPO application. The content can be the same or different but a counterpart EPO application will be a new application filed with the EPO that claims priority to the U.S. application under the Paris Convention. This only works if the utility application is the first ...


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George White's answer is very accurate. I will add few things to it. You can amend your specification and claims upon entering the European phase so that the page fee is reduced, but as pointed out by George White you should be careful with your amendments, Art. 123(2) EPC kills many applications and patents. You can also file divisionals with amended ...


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For the U.S. you can go to its patent search page and search for Legal Representative (LREP). I tried it with my first name last name, got 0 hits; first name middle initial last name, got 0 hits. Then I tried LREP/("George" AND "White") which would hit if anyone had my first name anywhere in their name AND also had my last name anywhere in their name. I got ...


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From finnegan.com/files/Upload/FCN_Aug10_5.html: The Court noted that “[w]here a claim lists elements separately, ‘the clear implication of the claim language’ is that those elements are ‘distinct component[s]’ of the patented invention.” Id. at 10 (second alteration in original) (quoting Gaus v. Conair Corp., 363 F.3d 1284, 1288 (Fed. Cir. 2004)). ...


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