News 2018

Latest news and important information

+++ Circular Letter March 2018 "Changes in the EPC" +++

On April 1, 2018, the following changes in the EPC will enter into force: 

 

1. Third annuity fee can be paid earlier in the future
From April 1st, it will be possible to pay the third annuity fee six months before it will become due, instead of three months before as it has been possible up to now.  

2. Abrogation of the reduced search fee for the supplementary European Search
The reduction of the search fee for the supplementary European Search where the International Search Report was drawn up by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Chinese Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Russian Federation) or the Australian Patent Office will be abrogated.

3. Amendments of the Rules relating to Fees

  • The filing fee for paper filing will be increased from EUR 210 to EUR 250.
  • The search fee for an international search / a supplementary international search will be reduced by EUR 100 from EUR 1 875 to EUR 1 775.
  • The fee for grant will also be reduced by EUR 100 from EUR 925 to EUR 825, where on or after 1 April 2018 all amendments and corrections of the application, if any amendments and corrections of the application and the translation of the claims are filed online in character-coded format. In all other cases and where the fee for grant is paid on or after 1 April 2019, the fee for grant will be increased by EUR 100 up to EUR 1 025. This passage is of little relevance since submission in character-coded format is not yet technically possible.
  • The fee for appeal will be significantly increased from EUR 1 880 to EUR 2 255, with the exception that the appeal is filed by a natural person or an entity referred to in Rule 6, paragraphs 4 and 5. *
  • The PCT-transmittal fee of EUR 130 will be abrogated, where the PCT request and the international application are filed with the EPO as receiving Office online and in character-coded format.
  • The fee for the preliminary examination of an international application will be reduced from EUR 1 930 to EUR 1 830.

4. Miscellaneous

  • Since 1 March 2018 it is possible to validate a European Patent in Cambodia (official fee 180 EURO), as it was possible already in the past for three other Non-EPC-States (Marocco, Tunesia, Moldova; cf. our Circular Letter January 2016).
  • Moreover, from July 1, 2018, a new procedure could enter into force, namely that the start of substantive examination can be postponed up to 3 years from the date of application. However, no official decision has been taken yet, but the EPO asks for receiving feedback from interested circles. 


* Under the condition, that the appellants expressly declare that they are a natural person or an entity covered by Rule 6(4) EPC.


+++  News – Munich, 18 March 2018 +++

Munich IP Study Group as guest at Prüfer & Partner

 

On March 6, 2018, Prüfer & Partner held a seminar for IP professionals from Japan as part of the seminar series of "Munich IP Study Group" at the new branch office in the Ottostrasse in Munich, directly opposite the Munich District Court. The "Munich IP Study Group" consists of more than 50 members from Japan, who are predominantly working as IP professionals in Munich.

Our Partner and Patent Attorney, Dr. Christian Einsel, accompanied by Managing Partner and Patent Attorney Dr. Hofer and Patent Professional Ms. Naoko Ritter, gave a lecture about "Artificial Intelligence (AI): Impacts on Patent Law in Europe".

Thanks to the timeliness of this topic, the number of participants was above average and in addition, numerous guest listeners attended the seminar, who were not members of the group.

The lecture dealt in detail with concrete questions such as "What is an AI invention?", "How to assess the patentability of an AI invention?", "Who can be the inventor if an invention is created by an AI system?" and "What impact could AI have on the patent law in the future?"

The participants of the seminar gained extensive information and knowledge about the very latest topic and provided a positive feedback to our team, not only with regard to the topic but also with regard to the support and the pleasant atmosphere in our new premises.

We are looking forward to many more events in this context in our premises of our new office in the Ottostrasse in Lenbachpalais.


+++  News – Munich, 05 February 2018 +++

Prüfer & Partner attended the 8th China IP International Annual Forum & Annual Conference of In-house IP Managers in China

 

From January 26 – 28, 2018, the 8th China IP international Annual Forum & Annual Conference of In-house IP Managers in China was held in the JW Marriott Hotel, Beijing on the theme of "Transformation - Reinstalling the IP Value of Enterprises". More than 1000 IP professionals attended the conference, mainly from China but also from abroad.

Managing Partner, Mr. Jürgen Feldmeier, accompanied by Patent Professional Ms. Maggie Huang, has been invited as a guest speaker and gave a lecture about "Possibilities of IP Protection in Germany and Europe". Participants of the Forum provided a positive feedback to our Prüfer & Partner team because of the valuable information and insights given.