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Grips 2018/3 – Process Patents

A commonly heard opinion states: “process patents are weak because their infringement is difficult to prove!”, and there certainly is some truth to that: How could one determine whether the protected method is used behind closed...[more]


Japan: Grace period now 12 months

Japanese patent law, like most other countries, knows the absolute novelty requirement. This implies that even a prior publication of the inventor may be novelty-destroying. In order to save the patent-inexperienced inventor from...[more]


Grips 2018/1 – The PCT Application

Exactly 40 years ago, on January 24, 1978, the International Patent Cooperation Treaty came into force. It regulates the procedure for depositing an international patent application and is known today under the abbreviation PCT....[more]

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