Obligation to submit prior art search results for an European patent application claiming a priority

From January 1, 2011, Applicants of European (PCT) patent applications claiming the priority of an earlier application are obliged to submit to the EPO the result of a prior art search carried out for the earlier application. The search result must be submitted together with the European patent application at the time of filing, with a Euro-PC application with the entry into the European phase, or without any delay after the result has been available to the Applicant.

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Changes of PACE (accelerated examination) by the EPO

Due to the revisions of the implementing regulations of the EPC (European Patent Convention), which entered into force on april 1, 2010, and serve to accelerate the examination proceedings of European patent applications, the EPO (European Patent Office) made some changes of PACE (by filing PACE requests, Applicants can accelerate the examination of applications).

The official EPO information regarding the PACE changes can be found here: http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/informationEPO/archive/20100507.html?update

IP news from Europe and Germany

This is my new blog for IP news from Europe, i.e. the European Patent Office, and Germany.

Please take account of the following important disclaimer:

In the blog, information regarding patents, trademarks, and designs (design patents) is offered, which could be helpfull for anybody who has questions regarding this matter. The given information is of general nature and not a legally binding advice. In order to get legally binding advice, one should contact a qualified patent attorney. I try to offer information of high quality. However, I cannot guarantee the correctness and completeness of the offered information. Furthermore, I am not responsible for damages caused by the offered information.

Ralf Bucher
German Patent Attorney
European Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney