EPO 2018:專利申請 ↑5%、發證 ↑21%、積案 ↓三成

歐洲專利局 (EPO) 2019年3月12日發布了《2018年年報 (Annual Report 2018)》,內容顯示去年 EPO 總計收到174,317 筆歐洲專利 (EP) 申請 ,較 2017 年成長4.6%,續創歷史新高,專利申請數增加最快的,來自生命科學、生技及製藥領域,平均年成長率達13%。

若以第一專利申請人的居住地 (the country of residence of the first applicant listed on the application form) 來看,近半數 (47%) 申請來自歐洲專利組織 (European Patent Organisation) 38個會員國,其中德國以 26,734 筆 (15%) 申請獨占鰲頭,遙遙領先排名居次的法國 10,317 筆 (6%) 、瑞士 7,927 筆 (5%)。德國專利申請數年增幅 (4.7%) 為 10 年來最高,主要歸功於汽車相關(如感測器、量測裝置)產業的蓬勃發展。

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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

冠群 – 臺美歐三區聯合講座:美國商標之合理商業使用要件、EPO 審查標準調整、英國脫歐影響及台灣著名商標判例

11月28日冠群邀請美英知名智財事務所 Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB)、及 Haseltine Lake LLP (HL)的專家共同參與台美歐三區聯合講座,分別就台灣著名商標的訴訟判例、美國商標之商業使用要件、英國脫歐對歐洲商標與設計專利的影響、以及歐洲專利審查指南修訂情況等主題,給予精闢介紹及實務建議。

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EPO專利審查程序講座

EPO當前專利審查程序講座

2018年11月7日德國PATENTSHIP 事務所主持律師Dr. Robert Klinski 受邀至本所, 就EPO(歐洲專利局)目前審查績效制度對歐洲專利審查的影響,發表主題講座,並就實務上可能遭遇的問題,分享其多年累積的專業經驗。

On November 7, Dr. Robert Klinski, the Managing Director of PATENTSHIP Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, was invited to share his observation on how EPO’s internal KPI system might have impacted the European Application Process and Result. He also gave applicants and agents valuable advice on how to avoid unwanted situations during the process.

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EPO專利審查程序講座

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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