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Oral proceedings at the EPO: videoconferencing as the “new normal” also at the Boards of Appeal?

Last November, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided that all oral proceedings before the Examining Divisions and Opposition Divisions (commonly referred to as “first instance proceedings”) are to be held by videoconference, unless a party requests an in-person hearing (European Patent Office ( For such request, serious reasons must be provided, […]

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Start of the Unified Patent Court postponed again

Only weeks before the intended start of the Sunrise Period on 1 January 2023 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has announced that the start of the Sunrise Period for the new UPC is postponed by two months to 1 March 2023, i.e. the Court itself will start its work on 1 June 2023. As indicated […]

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Weickmann partners contribute to new edition of “Winning with IP”

A brand-new book from Newsdesk Global Communications with Novaro Publishing titled “Winning with IP: Managing intellectual property today” has been published today, 31 October 2022. Inspired by the High-growth Technology Business Initiative of the European Patent Office and Licensing Executives Society International, it is highlighting 15 routes to growth that IP may be creating. Among […]

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From ST.25 to ST.26: Small increment – big change for sequence listings 

On 1 July 2022, the new WIPO Standard ST.26 on the filing of sequence listings for patent applications has entered into force. The new regulations replace the current standard ST.25 and will implement XML as the standard format for sequence listings instead of the current TXT format.  It is important to note for all applicants […]

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TCI wins with WEICKMANN in invalidity proceedings on LED technology against Signify before Federal Patent Court

Munich, 19.05.2022: The Italian electronics group TCI Telecomunicazioni Italia S.r.L. has prevailed in further patent nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court (BPatG) against Signify Holding B.V. concerning a core technology for LED lighting systems. Following an oral hearing on May 17, 2022, the 4th Senate (Nullity Senate) of the Federal Patent Court declared the […]

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