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Abolition of the EPO's "10-Day Notification Rule"
The EPO's "10-day notification rule" will no longer apply to communications issued by the EPO on or after November 1, 2023. For example, if the EPO issues a communication of intension to grant (Ru...find out more
HOFFMANN EITLE wins EPO oppositions against DNA sequencing patents
Patents relating to DNA sequencing technology have been subject to several patent disputes in recent years. This includes a series of EPO oppositions against patents owned by Illumina Cambridge Lim...find out more
When does an application fail the controversial new EPO plausibility test?
When does an application fail the controversial new EPO plausibility test European patent attorneys are still grappling with the meaning of the new standard for relying on post-published data for...find out more
HOFFMANN EITLE wins at the Global IP Awards 2023
HOFFMANN EITLE wins "Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year" for Germany at the Global IP Awards 2023 presented by IAM and WTR. This awards show recognised the outstanding achievements of law and att...find out more
HOFFMANN EITLE Quarterly Newsletter 9/23
Dear Colleagues and Friends, In this issue of the Hoffmann Eitle Quarterly, we begin a series of articles on a new package of draft EU regulations, with a first article on a draft regulation on st...find out more
Our response to the proposed new amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA)
The EPO has opened a User Consultation on the proposed new amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA). The amendments seek to support more ambitious timeliness objectives,...find out more
UPC appoints 21 new Technically Qualified Judges
After its recent declaration regarding the appointment of 21 new technically qualified judges (TQJs), the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has yesterday released a comprehensive roster of these TQJs a...find out more
Austria ratifies the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC
As reported by the Council of the EU, Austria has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) on July 28. Austria h...find out more
How will the Boards interpret the plausibility test in G 2/21?
The million euro question in European patent law these days is: how will the Boards interpret the plausibility test in G 2/21? HOFFMANN EITLE's Munich partner Jan Zillies took part in one of the ve...find out more
HOFFMANN EITLE congratulates newly qualified European Patent Attorneys
We are very proud to announce the HOFFMANN EITLE colleagues who have passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) this year. Congratulations go to: Saskia Gressel (Biotechnology, Munich) T...find out more