How EPO’s Internal KPI System Impact on EP Application Nowadays

To increase efficiency and quality of EPO service, the office has introduced a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor examiners’ performance in recent years. The performance rating system greatly boosts the office productivity but has its downsides, too. Under the current KPI system, search report in each case is awarded most points, meanwhile, a refusal action is awarded more points than a further written opinion or oral proceeding.

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左起冠群陳怡安副理、吳珮琪副所長 、Kim&Chang律師 Duck Soon Chang、HL 資深律師 Michael Conwey、Dr. Daniel Chew、BSKB 資深合夥人 Robert Kenny、徐振康律師、Michael Smith律師、林佳慧律師、謝沛肴副理

Joint Seminar by Top Team, BSKB and HL: Regulation Updates and Practice in Taiwan, US and EU

Experts from Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) and Haseltine Lake LLP (HL) were invited to speak at a joint seminar organized by Top Team on November 28, 2018. They presented a variety of topics including the “Trademark Use in Commerce” requirement and the Post Registration Proof of Use Audit Program in the US; Brexit’s Impact on EU trademarks and designs, and an Update on EPO’s Guidelines for Examination.

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Hands-on Workshop: Overcome Rejections Under 35 U.S.C. §103

Compared with the non-obviousness (inventive step) requirement for patentability in other countries, the 35 U.S.C. §103 determines obviousness in its own unique way. Quintero explained the legal and practical frameworks of obviousness rejections, in simple language, as well as the practical framework of response to obviousness rejections, and common errors or pitfalls in responses to obviousness rejections.

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左起隆天事務所律師郁舜、合夥人吳滌女士、張梅珍女士、洪燕博士、鄭泰強董事長(右四 )、本所吳珮琪(右五)及顏錦順副所長、林佳慧及曾靜芝律師

Cross-Strait Exchange Seminar on Trademark and Patent Practices

Boosted by government policies, the number of valid registered trademarks in China grows fast and is now close to 15 million. That also brings along challenges such as trademark squatting, confusing similarity among other issues for trademark owners. As for patent prosecution and enforcement, any company with an expanded market reach or with an increase in patenting activities may find strategic thinking has become crucial in the face of the baffling complexity of patent protection.

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