An official handbook from the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the European Patents Handbook is your definitive guide to patents, with practical assistance for handling every aspect of European patent procedures. This essential reference:
- Discusses all aspects of a patent from the application process to the granting of a patent
- Shows you how to handle national patents resulting from European patent applications
- Looks at areas of dispute in patent law
- Introduces new areas of development which have arisen within patent law
- Examines the special procedures required for biotechnical and microbiological inventions
- Analyses the key decisions of the EPO Board of Appeals and the consequences for patent law practice
- Evaluates the difference between a European patent, and national patents and applications
- Written from a practitioners perspective
- Incorporates fully revised and updated information that takes into account EPC 2000
European patent law is in a state of flux. It seems that the long-sought-for 'unitary' European patent, discussed for four decades, may be about to happen. With it will come a new Court system that will supersede national courts, not only for the new 'unitary patent' but also, ultimately, for all patents granted through the EPO. Even though incomplete (since two major countries of the EU so far refuse to take part) the introduction of the system seems very close.
But important details still need to be decided. The European Patents Handbook will keep subscribers fully informed as the project crystallises.
Several changes in law and practice in the biological area have taken place. The European Court decided an important case on the patentability of inventions involving human embryos. It has also issued a number of decisions on Supplementary Protection Certificates (extensions of term for patents on pharmaceutical products). The Enlarged Board has pronounced on the exclusion from patentability of plant breeding processes. Developments in practice in other areas, for example in restrictions on the right to file divisional applications, are dealt with in the Handbook.