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The non-patentable „pepper“ fruit

The non-patentable „pepper“ fruit

Not seen before - the EPO reverts its case law. The patentability of plants and/or parts of plants in the European patent system has long been the subject of heated debate. Nevertheless, for a long time the law appeared to develop incrementally in favour of limited...

Can you patent… a new ball game?An IP look into Spikeball

Can you patent… a new ball game?
An IP look into Spikeball

  For fans of professional sports, it is common to hear the question “are you watching the game tonight?”. The “game” generally refers to a type of ball game. Depending on your cultural background or geographic location, this can refer to quite different things....

Der BREXIT – Auswirkungen auf das Patent- und Markenrecht

Nach jahrelanger Ungewissheit ist es vergangenes Wochenende passiert: Das Vereinigte Königreich hat die Europäische Union (EU) verlassen. Dieser Artikel soll einen groben Überblick über derzeitige Rechtslage nach dem Brexit für Europäische Marken...

CRISPR hearing at the EPO as seen by a trainee

Introduction Last week the hearing for appeal proceeding (T 844/18) relating to European Patent 2771468 B1, regarding the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, held by The Broad Institute, Inc., Harvard University and MIT, took place at the European...

Happy 2020

Wussten Sie, dass Walt Disney einer der ersten war, der ein Präzisionssystem für Feuerwerke als Patent einreichte? Damit war es möglich, Muster wie z.B. Micky-Maus-Ohren am Himmel zu erzeugen. Siehe

China, AI and IP: some facts and figures

It is generally believed that China will play and, indeed, is already playing an important role in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Unfortunately, in many discussions, this belief reduces to nothing more than an unsubstantiated...