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Archived updates for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Who's Requesting UKPO Invalidty and Noninfringement Opinions

In "Two Years of Patent Office Opinions," Nicholas Braddon, in IP Law and Strategies on January 24, 2008 takes a brief look at the basics of the UK Patent Office launched its Opinions service before analysing certain aspects of its performance to-date and some of the opportunities that it may provide.

Thanks to Hal Wegner for also pointing out that in in Glaxo Group Ltd v Genentech Inc, [2008] EWCA Civ 23 (Ct. of Appeal 2008)(Ward, Mummery, Jacob, JJ.), the Court of Appeal confirmed the trial court’s decision to permit a British national invalidity proceeding to go forward without suspension, despite the existence of a concurrent opposition proceeding at the EPO, "largely upon the basis of the sloth in Munich that leads to multi-year delays in any final outcome in an opposition proceeding."
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