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2010

EPÜ Cover  (JPG)Europäisches Patentübereinkommen (EPÜ), Kommentar

Contributors: Fritz Blumer*, Lise Dybdahl-Müller*, Brigitte Günzel*, Reinoud Hesper*, Nikolaus Heusler*, Ulrich Joos*, Jürgen Kroher, Hans Peter Kunz-Hallstein, Stefan Luginbühl*, Beat Schachenmann*, Ulrich Schatz*, Detlef Schennen, Margarete Singer, Reinhard Spangenberg, Dieter Stauder*, Stefan Steinbrener*, Rudolf Teschemacher*, Gérard Weiss*
Editors: Margarete Singer and Dieter Stauder with the collaboration of Stefan Luginbühl, 5th Edition, 2010.
ISBN 978-3-452-27135-8
Language: German

About the book 

The fifth edition of ‘Singer-Stauder’ is the most approved and complete commentary on the European Patent Convention, including the PCT procedures before the EPO. It provides expert explanations and overviews of the structures and terms of the EPC and PCT. The book deals with both everyday and specific questions on the application of the EPC and PCT, and is an invaluable aid for lawyers and judges alike. Edited by Margarete Singer and Dieter Stauder, with the collaboration of Stefan Luginbühl, the book includes contributions from EPO staff, staff of the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) and patent attorneys. It concisely and expertly explains the principles of the law and addresses many questions referred to and decided by the Boards of Appeal and the courts of the member states. This commentary is available in print and electronic form. With a total of over 25,000 cross-references as hypertext links, the electronic version allows for quick navigation within the commentary and facilitates access to cited, published and unpublished decisions of the Boards of Appeal and the national courts.

About the Authors

Thirteen* of the eighteen contributors work or have worked at the EPO as lawyers, patent examiners, or as (chair)members of the Boards of Appeal.

Patent Law for Computer Scientists cover (JPG)Patent Law for Computer Scientists: Steps to Protect Computer-Implemented Inventions

by Daniel Closa, Alex Gardiner, Falk Giemsa and Jörg Machek, 2010.
ISBN: 3642050778
Language: English

About the book

Computer-related inventions are treated differently by the major patent offices in the US (USPTO), Japan (JPO), and Europe (EPO). With this in mind, the authors, who between them have more than 70 years experience in the patent business, start their book with a thorough introduction to patent laws and practices. They then delve into related intellectual property rights, and explain procedures at the USPTO, JPO and EPO, particularly regarding software or computers. They present a large set of real-world-example case studies from areas including business methods, databases, graphical user interfaces and digital rights management. Patent Law for Computer Scientists provides a guide to the way a patent examiner thinks, helping to prepare the first steps towards a successful patent application.

About the authors

Daniel Closa joined the EPO as an examiner in 1987. He specialised in opposition procedures, and passed the European Qualifying Examination for patent attorneys in 1998.

Alex Gardiner joined the EPO in 1990, where he has developed new working practices and procedures and trained examiners at all EPO sites.

Falk Giemsa joined the EPO as an examiner in 2002 after a career in computer science. He works in the fields of business methods and educational and demonstration appliances.

Jörg Machek is a physicist who joined the EPO in 1986 after six years in manufacturing and semiconductor devices research. He is now a director in charge of searching and examining computer-implemented inventions and methods for doing business.

Abenteuer Innovation cover (JPG)Abenteuer Innovation - Von der zündenden Idee zum erfolgreichen Produkt

by Wolfram Meyer and Manfred Cassens, 2010.
ISBN: 9783821857244
Language: German

About the book

Abenteuer Innovation shows a hands-on approach to starting up a business, how to generate capital and how to avoid the traps with a start-up company. Having an idea with potential is only the first step to the actual start-up. Abenteuer Innovation aims to give founders a roadmap to success on a minimal budget. Using successful and oft lauded examples the authors show how to create a success story even with little capital. An introduction to the business plan, research options and other helpful suggestions help readers to optimise their ideas for production.

About the author

Wolfram Meyer studied chemistry, and completed his PhD in cellular biology at the Basel Institute for Immunology Hoffmann LaRoche. He has been with the European Patent Office since 1998, where he has worked as a patent examiner and project leader on different EPO projects.

Von Der Idee Zum Patent - Für Dummies

by Alexander Rapp, 2010.
ISBN: 3527705007
Language: German

About the book

Knowing the ins and outs of patenting as an inventor is not always straight forward. There are, for example, the issues of financing and patent law to take into consideration when submitting a patent application. In his book Von Der Idee Zum Patent Für Dummies Alexander Rapp shows inventors how to work systematically, how to evaluate ideas, how to then realise these ideas and, finally, how to put the invention to the acid test. He also explains the difference between a patent and German utility models, and how to best protect an invention. Finally, he gives suggestions about how to turn innovative intellectual ideas into money.

About the author

Alexander Rapp, an examiner in Human Necessities at the EPO, has always been a techie freak. Starting out with jig saws, he then moved on to soldering irons and finally turned to computers to broaden his technical horizons. Rapp first learned about intellectual property rights during his physics studies whilst working for a patent attorney's office and advising inventors.

PCT Procedures and Passage into the European Phase, second Edition

by Peter Watchorn and Andrea Veronese, 2010.
ISBN: 978-3-941951-11-2
Language: English

About the book

With the importance of the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) in the training of worldwide patent professionals on the increase, PCT Procedures and Passage into the European Phase is an invaluable book. It provides patent agents with the information they need to process applications via the PCT into the European regional phase and to overcome the difficulties encountered along the way. It is also intended for students studying for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). By collecting in one place all relevant legal provisions relating to one subject and weaving them into one consistent procedure, the authors provide a solid reference book for patent professionals working with the complex Patent Co-operation Treaty.

About the authors

Andrea Veronese joined the EPO as a search and substantive examiner for pure and applied organic chemistry in 1997. He received a diploma in patents in Strasbourg in 2001 and passed the EQE in 2004. He is co-author of eleven scientific publications in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Peter Watchorn has been working at the EPO since 1989. He passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 1997. Currently he divides his time between working as a search and substantive patent examiner in the organic chemistry field, and working for the directorate Practice and Procedure giving legal advice.

2009

European Intellectual Property Management cover (JPG)The Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management: Developing, Managing and Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property

by Jeremy Philpott, ed., and Adam Jolly, 2009.
ISBN: 9780749455910
Language: English

About the book

Following the successful first edition (2007), the Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management contains over sixty entirely new chapters dealing with the practical aspects of applying IP to business growth and success. It is written for business leaders, managers and decision-makers who might not necessarily be IP or legal professionals themselves. The book shows how the IP system within Europe can be used to develop an effective commercial strategy, exploit an innovation, build a brand, find a clear route to market and raise funds. The handbook draws from a wide range of commercial experience and key industry professionals and provides a practical and easy-to-follow account of how companies can put IP at the heart of their business and manage it as an asset.

About the contributors

Two EPO experts contributed a chapter each to the book: Nigel Clarke, Online products and user support at EPO, writes about searching patent information, and Colin Stratford, an EPO examiner in computers, clarifies the often misunderstood and misreported practice of the EPO with regard to computer-implemented inventions.

About the editor

Jeremy Philpott leads the Innovation Support activities of the European Patent Academy, where he organises training programmes for business audiences across Europe on topics such as patent strategies and innovation management.

2008

Image for EPC 2000 (JPG)Procedural law under the EPC 2000

by Andrea Veronese and Peter Watchorn, 2008.
ISBN: 9783937082905
Language: English

About the book

In the year 2000 the European Patent Convention (EPC) was updated at a diplomatic conference in Munich; the amendments came into force in November 2007. The far-reaching changes resulted in a major shift in how the EPO operates from a legal point of view. Procedural law under the EPC 2000 is intended to be a reference book for patent professionals working with the EPC and for candidates studying for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). Written in a practical way, the book thoroughly and systematically deals with topics ranging from processing an application to submitting appeals. It helps fit all these smaller parts into the bigger legal picture.

About the authors

Andrea Veronese joined the EPO as a search and substantive examiner for pure and applied organic chemistry in 1997. He received a diploma in patents in Strasbourg in 2001 and passed the EQE in 2004. He is co-author of eleven scientific publications in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Peter Watchorn has been working at the EPO since 1989. He passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 1997. Currently he divides his time between working as a search and substantive patent examiner in the organic chemistry field, and working for the directorate Practice and Procedure giving legal advice.

Patentrecherche und Internet cover (JPG)Patentrecherche und Internet

by Ernst Bendl and Georg Weber, 2008.
ISBN: 3452249271
Language: German

About the book

Patentrecherche und Internet presents the most important sources of information for free patent searching on the World Wide Web. The authors explain how to use search tools such as key words, classification and reference-hunting as well as how to use them most efficiently for searches on the Internet. They also give tips on planning, procedure and documentation of searches. Starting with a short introduction to the patent system and the internet, they also provide a comprehensive glossary of common technical terms. The book also includes a webpage with the most important web addresses, regular updates and news on patent searching on the Web.

About the authors

Ernst Bendl started his career as an examiner at the European Patent Office in various fields of chemistry. He became a specialist in the training of search and substantive examination tasks, was entrusted with the design of a new training concept and was in charge of the office-wide training of patent examiners at EPO. In 2008 he was appointed a member of the Boards of Appeal.

Georg Weber began his career at the European Patent Office (EPO) as an examiner in the technical field of food chemistry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics but also agriculture, mining and general process engineering. In 2003 he became director of a department for biomedical engineering. Since 2005 has been a director in the Telecommunication field.

Kommentar zum EPÜ 2000 Kommentar EPU (JPG)

by Hansjörg Kley, Harald Gundlach and Carola Jacobi (mindmaps), 2008
Loose-leaf booklet, updated twice per year, or
e-book, updated four times per year
ISBN: 978-3-9812141-3-0
Language: German

Kommentar zum EPÜ 2000 comprises the revised version of the European Patent Convention, the EPC 2000. It includes the actual legal basis in compact form: articles and related implementation rules, corresponding decisions of the European Patent Office's President and relevant notices of the EPO, completed by references to the Official Journal, the Guidelines of the EPO, the Rules relating to Fees and case law of the boards of appeal. Annotations are based on the experience of the authors as representatives and tutors.

It provides the skilled person, candidates of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) and professional representatives before the EPO, with a quick and complete overview of the legal situation, offering relevant and up-to-date answers to questions. It is a reliable working aid for written exchange, oral proceedings and the EQE. The e-book includes more than 5000 links, facilitating easy access to the cited official pages of the EPO and the WIPO.

About the author

The book is co-authored by Harald Gundlach, who joined the EPO in 2001, passed the European Qualifying Examination and works as an examiner. He is active as a CEIPI tutor in Munich as well as in the education of professional represen¬tatives. Currently, he is member of the Directorate for Quality Management Support.

2006

A Handbook of Intellectual Property Management: Protecting, Developing and Exploiting Your IP Assets

by Jeremy Philpott, ed., and Adam Jolly, 2006.
ISBN: 9780749442231
Language: English

About the book

With patent offices worldwide receiving more and more patent applications and trade mark applications every year, the potential for creating value from ideas, brands, designs and processes has never been greater. Designed for creators and users of Intellectual Property (IP) alike, A Handbook of Intellectual Property Management is a practical source of advice and reference filled with contributions from leading innovators and top patent and trade mark attorneys on a range of topics, including the value of IP; EU versus US; brand identities; and buying and selling rights. In total, 40 separate intellectual property issues are addressed through discussion, analysis and examples using real-world issues.

Editor

Jeremy Philpott leads the Innovation Support activities of the European Patent Academy, where he organises training programmes for business audiences across Europe on topics such as patent strategies and innovation management.

Patentstrategien cover (JPG)Patentstrategien

by Georg Weber, Gerd A. Hedemann and Helge B. Cohausz, 2006.
ISBN: 3452254429
Language: German

About the book

Specialist literature and general technical jargon often deals with patent registration strategies and patent strategies. This usually has to do with the patent politics of a business or certain procedures that are necessary when registering a patent. Patentstrategien is written for patent applicants, and examines the practice with regard to strategic business management. Another part of the book deals with particular strategic aspects of the patent business. By examining disputed and not yet legally reviewed procedures, the book gives practical answers to the question: How do I get general and practical patent protection with minimal cost and time investment?

About the authors

Georg Weber began his career at the European Patent Office (EPO) as an examiner in the technical field of food chemistry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics but also agriculture, mining and general process engineering. In 2003 he became director of a department for biomedical engineering. Since 2005 has been a director in the Telecommunication field.

Gerd A. Hedemann is director of vehicles and general technology at the EPO. He joined the EPO in 1986 after an industrial career as Petroleum Engineer and worked at the EPO for 13 years as an examiner specialised in mining and petroleum engineering before becoming a director in 1999.