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The most impressive fireworks of this year were already lit in April at the Icelandic glacier Eyjafjallajökull (Photo (C) 2010 via Wikimedia under the terms of a CC license). The year is nearly over, the time for statistics has come. The following are my 10 most popular blog postings in 2010: "Software per se" as New post-Bilski Ground of Rejection (ex Parte Proudler) EPO Enlarg ...
Besides all those nice and friendly elderly Father Christmases and Santa Clauses in the western world, Iceland has a totally different tradition in this regard. So if you are fed up with Coca Cola like Santas, you may alway visit the Icelandic Yule Lads at the National Museum of Iceland during Christmas season.
Michael Barnier and Vincent van Quickenborne fighting for the EU patent After it turned out in the extraordinary Competitiveness Council meeting of 10 November 2010 that, due to the controversy regarding a commonly accepted language regime, "there will never be unamity on a EU patent" (see this post and the press conference of Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne), the "willing" EU member states intensifi.
[part of a heat map of gene expression value; from Wikimedia] In Ex parte Kelkar, claims were directed to a method for determining similarity between portions of gene expression profiles or genes (independent claim 1) and a program product having computer readable code stored on a recordable media for determining similarity between portions of gene expression profiles or genes (independent claim .
As already mentioned earlier on this blog, the following important changes of the EPC Implementing Regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2011 (see also EPO Notice of 28 July 2010): Amended Rule 141 EPC (Information on prior art) requires that for a priority-claiming EP application, copies of the search results drawn up for the priority application(s) have to be filed upon filing the EP a.
[OHIM President, Antonio Campinos] Mr. António Campinos, former president of Portugal's Institute of Industrial Property, who has been appointed as OHIM President from 1 October 2010, has great plans for OHIM, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market in Alicante, Spain, as titled by the 1709 blog with reference to Mr Campinos' speech at the Brussels IP 2010 Summit on ...
Peter Drahos - Professor in Law and Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development at the Australian National University, Chair at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institurte, Lawyer, Political Scientist, and Philosopher - recently gave an interview to the EPO Staff Union (SUEPO), in which he took a critical view at the functioning of the global patent system.
It was expected that today's EU Competitive Council Meeting (see press release), headed by Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne, would be crucial to the plans of about 10 to 12 EU member states to impelement a smaller EU patent by means of enhanced cooperation, as provided by the Lisbon Treaty to reach an agreement despite of blocking members.
After the EU Competitiveness Council Meeting of December 2010 (see video of debate), which was celebrated as "the breakthrough after 40 years" (see earlier posting), the EU Commission now tabled its legislative proposal for enhanced cooperation to create EU-wide patent protection (press release), which is supported by at least 12 EU member states - the 11 undersigners of the two supporting letter.
In case T 1051/07, the EPO's Technical Board of Appeal 3.4.03 decided on allowability of EP 1 365 368 of Korean mobile service provider SK Telecom. The application relates to a system for executing financial transactions in that a mobile account is issued to a mobile phone subscriber and is administratively managed by the service provider, while a transaction with the mobile acc ...