Changes to the EPO Guidelines

A revised set of Guidelines for Examination comes into force on 1 November 2018 and the revisions provide an insight into the changes at the EPO over the last year. It is notable that throughout the Guidelines, many references to “should” or “may” have been replaced by “is” to give greater certainty to those using […]

The new UK IPO patent fees for excess pages and claims

The UK is a key territory for patent protection, providing a high-quality, cost-effective IP jurisdiction. The UK also provides “Patent Box” tax incentives for corporate patent owners. Official fees at the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) have typically been low compared to the other costs involved in drafting and prosecuting patent applications through […]