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Gold Standard for Novelty of Subranges

Gold Standard for Novelty of Subranges

Background Historically (pre-2019), a subrange was considered novel over the prior art if the following criteria were met (T198/84 and T279/89): a) The selected subrange is narrower than the known range; b) The selected subrange is sufficiently far removed from any...
Updates to Canadian Patent Rules

Updates to Canadian Patent Rules

Excess Claims Fees Up until now, there have been no excess claims fees in Canada and therefore minimal or no incentives for applicants to limit the number of claims in their patent applications. Under the new regime, excess claims fees will be payable for claim sets...
Juliette Boynton is Schlich’s Newest Associate

Juliette Boynton is Schlich’s Newest Associate

Juliette joined us in 2013 as a Chartered Patent Attorney and has a wide range of experience in drafting and prosecuting chemical, biochemical and mechanical device patents. In her specialist field of organic chemistry she represents our chemical and pharmaceutical...
New SPC Referral to CJEU

New SPC Referral to CJEU

Questions on the European SPC Regulation, in particular in relation to SPCs for combination products, have been raised at the CJEU many times over the years. It is therefore hoped that this newest referral may provide some much-needed clarity. Background For an SPC to...