Christmas Donation 2019

Our Christmas donation 2019 was given to “Sterntalerhof” and “Wiender Tafel”. The Sterntalerhof is a children’s hospice in the original sense of the word, namely a harbourage where hope can grow anew, families can find peace, tank up on strength, and return home with confidence – all the time accompanied with loving care by most … >> read more


EPO case law: GDPR is no basis for exclusion from file inspection

A party requesting the exclusion of certain documents from inspection under Art 128(4) EPC may not successfully rely on the provisions of the GDPR because it is not binding on the European Patent Organisation (EPO BoA 12 April 2019, T 851/18).


EPO case law: patentability of implants

A device defined by a feature which can only be generated by a surgical or therapeutic step (here: an implantable device for desynchronizing the activity of pathologically active brain areas comprising means for stimulating brain regions) is excluded from patenting under Article 53 (c) EPC. In continuation of T 775/97 (EPO BoA 15 February 2019, … >> read more


EPO case law: NDA for experts is irrelevant

The appalent’s request not to admit the declaration of an expert, since the latter is bound by an NDA and is therefore not entitled to make statements on the experiments he made, cannot be granted: In order to comply with that request, the Board of Appeal would have to examine the content and validity of … >> read more


Technicity of a method for mental acts

The decision deals with the technicity exclusively with regard to method claim 1. During the application procedure, claim 1 had been amended by including the limitation that the claimed method is used for the manufacture of a mechatronic product, which the court interprets as “any example of any other product” but not as a limitation … >> read more



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