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German Constitutional Court Rejects Preliminary Injunctions in UPC Case

July 09, 2021

As published today, in a long-awaited order issued on 23 June 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) rejected two applications for a preliminary injunction filed together with the constitutional complaints against the German ratification law for the UPC Agreement.

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Webinar: Collaboration with overseas patent colleagues from South Korea

July 06, 2021

epi continues with this successful webinar series focusing this time on South Korea. The webinar is free of charge for epi members and epi students.

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Decommissioning of online filing (CMS) with effect from 1 January 2022

June 30, 2021

The EPO has announced here that the existing web-based online filing service (also known as CMS) will be decommissioned with effect from 1 January 2022. It will be replaced by the EPO's new web-based filing service Online Filing 2.0, which was launched on 1 April 2021. The eOLF and web-form filing services are not affected by this announcement.

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Goodbye Skype, Hello Zoom, for EPO oral proceedings before the Examining Division, Receiving Section and Legal Division from 1 October 2021

June 25, 2021

The EPO has announced here that with effect from 1 October 2021, all oral proceedings before the Receiving Section, the Legal Division and the Examining Divisions will be held exclusively by Zoom.
The EPO has decided to decommission Skype for Business as of 1 October 2021.

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Enlarged Board of Appeal rules in G 4/19 that patent application can be refused on the basis of double patenting

June 23, 2021

Yesterday, the Enlarged Board of Appeal answered the questions referred to it by Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.01 in case T 0318/14 (“Double patenting”).

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