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Roundtable: Tips on EPO filings


Niklas Mattsson and Fabian Edlund of Awapatent talk to James Nurton of Managing IP about recent developments at the EPO and practical strategies for applicants who are unfamiliar with the European patent system

James Nurton: What are the advantages of the EPO? How well do you think it is working and how does it compare with filing national patents in Europe?

Niklas Mattsson: The basic advantage of using the EPO rather than national filings is that you are able to centralise and use only one application to reach the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation. If you are seeking protection in all of those countries then you can streamline and save costs. The EPO is also a large office with well-trained staff; they have professional routines, very advanced online filing tools and online register tools that make it easy for a practitioner to work with them in prosecuting a patent application and opposing patents. It's really the default route for IP practitioners.

JN: Over the years that you have worked with the office has it changed very much, particularly as the...


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Analysis from @twobirdsIP of yesterday's #UKSC judgment in Servier v Apotex (re cross-undertaking in damages) #patent http://t.co/SuonRsSknI

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Archiving ahead of office move #throwbackthursday Hopefully we will soon be paperless! http://t.co/wqZiLdJYIf

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