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    EPO Examining Division Oral Proceedings Now By Video Conference

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that almost all Examining Division oral proceedings and all examiner interviews will now be conducted by video conference. While there is little doubt that these changes have been introduced as a result of Covid-19, these changes appear to be permanent.

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    COVID-19 Update

    In response to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, a number of intellectual property offices have taken steps to extend deadlines. Click here for further information.


    Inside IP

    Our Autumn Winter 2019 edition of Inside IP is out now. The magazine features a round-up of the latest issues, cases and developments surrounding intellectual property.


    Brexit and Patents: No Change

    Venner Shipley would like to take the opportunity to remind its clients and associates that the patent system will not be affected by Brexit. In particular, the granting of European patents by the European Patent Office (EPO) will not be changed in any way by the UK leaving the EU.

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    EPO Fee Changes from 1 April 2020

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that many of its official fees will increase with effect from 1 April 2020. It may be worth considering whether any fees can be paid prior to 1 April 2020 at the existing rate.