Having failed to reach agreement, the European Parliament referred the issues back to the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament which were discussed and debated yesterday. It was concluded that the European Parliament would reconvene in September 2012 to see if an agreement on the proposals could be reached after a Summer of reflection.
Most patents are said to live uninteresting lives but occasionally a granted patent is used in litigation against another party. Very occasionally, the case comes to the attention of the wider public. Marc Morgan, an Associate at Maschio & Soames LLP was interested to learn recently that a patent application, EP0818009 “Message Communications System” that he drafted and filed way back in 1996 when he worked at Motorola was successfully used in litigation against Apple last year.
A lingerie shop owner in Melton Mowbray has been told to strip a display of five rings as they resemble the protected Olympic symbol. Gourmets amongst you will no doubt find it interesting that this takes place in the town made famous by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie which is itself a protected title. Only pies made in this region may use the title. Another Intellectual Property link in this story is that the pigs finding their admirably selfless resting place amidst the jelly and delicious pastry are fattened on the waste products from the production of Stilton cheese which is yet another protected title.
The revised Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (EPO) entered into force on 20 June 2012 and are available online here.
The EPO and Google have been working together to bring a free patent translation service optimised for patent documents. Patent Translate currently covers translations between English and German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, but will be extended in the coming years.
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