We are pleased to announce that our firm was the representative of record for our clients on: 134 granted European (EPO) patents; 77 issued US patents; and 73 granted Finnish patents in 2020.
In November we published a brief article about EPO’s new practices relating to oral proceedings. Some changes came into effect with the new year, namely with respect to Boards of Appeal and hearing of witnesses.
When discussing the could-would method, what is meant is usually an alternative method for determining whether a new solution is inventive, to be used instead of the European problem-solution approach. This could-would determination is, however, possible to utilize also as part of the problem-solution approach.
Defining the objective technical problem is probably the most important part of the problem-solution approach, which is commonly used particularly in Europe to determine whether a new invention has inventive step.
Our client Optitune Oy has signed an important distribution agreement with the German company Merck to bring functional hard coatings for foldable OLED Displays to the market.
“A person of average skill in the art” is a well-known term in the field of patenting. This term is used to define an imaginary person, whose level of knowledge is utilized in comparisons in different contexts, to define the common level of knowledge in a specific technical field.
In order to be inventive, an invention should not be obvious to a person skilled in the art. The term “obvious” is, in turn, typically defined by evaluating whether a particular development is to be seen as a part of the expected progress of the relevant technology, or whether it could be considered unexpected.
Since April 2020 all oral proceedings in examination have been held, and will continue to be held, by videoconference unless the applicant provides serious reasons why the proceedings should be held at the EPO premises.