Lawyer Monthly - July 2022

39 JUL 2022 | WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM EUROPEAN PATENTING IS BACK ON TRACK underpinning vaccines, diagnostic tests, videoconferencing, collaborative working, automated vehicles and batteries, all of which have become increasingly present in our lives. At my own firm, we see these fascinating new technologies as we help companies to identify, protect and enforce their IP in Europe. All in all, things are looking good for the wider European patenting landscape. After a slight pause, more applications than ever are being filed across the continent. The encouraging patent data also shows that the EPOhas adapted well to the new normal of remote working and videoconference hearings. Innovative companies around the world are keen to protect their IP in Europe, and the EPO continues to meet that challenge. Be sure to view this article on the Lawyer Monthly website, where a number of informative datasets are included. While 75% of all European applications come from large enterprises, an impressive 20% originate from SMEs and individuals. Gareth Probert is a partner at EIP and an IP lawyer with over 20 years of experience, having represented clients in many opposition and appeal hearings at all levels of the European Patent Office. Over the past 10 years, he has held senior positions at two leading IP firms and is now head of the EIP HealthTech practice group. Protecting innovations in the medtech and healthcare sectors. EIP is a leading intellectual property firm comprising patent attorneys, litigators and commercial IP lawyers based in Germany, the UK and the USA. The EIP team advises on high-value and complex patent matters and is highly ranked across all six technology sectors in Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms 2022.

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