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April 26, 2021
World IP Day 2021

WIPO is celebrating #WorldIPDAY this year focusing on IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market. Our short video invites you to explore how IP rights can help your business. Contact our HMC-IP attorney team for further advice on how IP can work for your business.

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April 22, 2021
Patenting Antibodies in Europe - updated EPO Guidelines for Examination

HMC-IP attorney and EPI Biotech Committee member Anna Hally reports on the recent update to the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office regarding the patenting of antibodies. Read the full article here and stay tuned for our upcoming Life Sciences + Healthcare Newsletter for more details on the […]

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April 8, 2021
Patentability of Computer Simulations at the EPO – G1/19

HMC-IP attorney Conor Boyce reports on the recent EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decision concerning computed implemented inventions. On March 10, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal issued their decision for case G1/19. The Enlarged Board was responding to questions referred by a Technical Board of Appeal in case T […]

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March 30, 2021
Managing IP - EMEA Award Winner 2021

We are delighted to announce that Hanna Moore + Curley is Irish Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year in the Managing IP - EMEA Awards 2021. This is the second time in three years! Thank you to Managing IP and also to our clients and colleagues for their continued support. As Ed […]

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March 15, 2021
Welcome changes to the EPC regarding inventor details

HMC-IP attorney Catherine Hanratty reports on welcome changes in EPO procedures for notifications to inventors and requirements for inventor address. From April 1, 2021 it will no longer be necessary to provide the full address of the inventors named in the ‘designation of the inventor’. The European Patent Office, EPO, […]

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February 17, 2021
Description Amendments: Upcoming Changes at the EPO and their Risks

The European Patent Office (EPO) is about to release new Guidelines to its Examiners with several changes over the current Guidelines. The changes in Part F, Chapter IV, 4.3 (iii) are particularly worthy of note and are explained in our recent article. These changes equate to a formalising of practices, […]

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February 15, 2021
The Value of IP - EUIPO/EPO Report

What is the value of intellectual property to companies? What are the effects of intellectual property rights ownership on economic performance? These and other questions are addressed in the February 2021 report 'Intellectual property rights and firm performance in the European Union'. This report is a joint study on the […]

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February 11, 2021
Spring 2021 Chinese Office Newsletter

We would like to wish a happy Chinese New Year to all our associates and clients who are celebrating Spring Festival and the start of the new Lunar year, Year of the Ox. Our Spring 2021 Chinese Office Newsletter has just been published, read it here

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February 9, 2021
Clarity (Article 84 EPC) or Confusion at the EPO.....

Applicants are seeing that clarity objections under Article 84 EPC are becoming more and more common during prosecution and a more stringent revision of the description before grant is now being required by the EPO. With lengthy applications with complex subject matter and multiple aspects/inventions, this is not necessarily a […]

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