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A Practical Guide to European Patent Law

ISBN13: 9780198726036
To be Published: August 2042
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £95.00

This book offers a practical and comprehensive guide to using the European patent system. Focusing on both substantive law and procedure in the United Kingdom and Germany, it sets out an in-depth framework for both of these major jurisdictions in patent litigation.

The first part of the book deals with obtaining European patents, and offers an overview of the patent system, discussion of patentability at the European Patent Office (EPO), absolute novelty and the priority system, filing a European patent application, procedural aspects of search and examination, grant and validation, and oppositions. The second part addresses enforcing and attacking European patents in national courts, including an overview of patent litigation in Europe and jurisdictional issues across the member states; this is followed by a thorough comparative survey of patent law in the two most influential jurisdictions, Germany and the UK. Finally, the book addresses the proposed Unitary Patent Court, including the balance between the central division and local or regional divisions. Combining detailed theoretical discussion with expert practical guidance, this is an essential reference source for those seeking to navigate the field of European patent law.

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Part 1: Obtaining European Patents
1: Gwilym Roberts: Overview of the Patent System
2: Gwilym Roberts & Trevor Cook: Patentability at the EPO
3: Gwilym Roberts: Absolute Novelty and the Priority System
4: Gwilym Roberts: Filing the European Patent Application
5: Gwilym Roberts: Search and Examination
6: Gwilym Roberts: Grant and Validation
7: Gwilym Roberts & Trevor Cook: Oppositions

Part 2: Enforcing and Attacking European Patents in National Courts
8: Trevor Cook: Overview of patent litigation in Europe
9: Trevor Cook: Jurisdictional issues
10: Eva Liesegang: German substantive law of validity with particular focus on areas in which it differs from or supplements that of the EPO TBAs
11: Eva Liesegang: German nullity practice
12: Kay N. Kasper: German substantive law of infringement
13: Kay N. Kasper: German infringement practice and remedies
14: Trevor Cook & Gwilym Roberts: English substantive law of validity with particular focus on areas in which it differs from or supplements that of the EPO TBAs
15: Trevor Cook: English substantive law of infringement
16: Trevor Cook: English revocation and infringement practice and remedies
17: Trevor Cook, Gwilym Roberts, Eva Liesegang, Kay N. Kasper: The proposed Unitary Patent Court