In this, the first part in a series of blogs, patent attorney Cory Stobart looks at what you can, and, probably more importantly, what you can’t, learn about the patent world from TV shows.
While not a ground for refusal or invalidity of a European patent application, plausibility can be used as a standard by which another criterion (most commonly inventive step or sufficiency) is assessed.
A use-limited product claim is a claim format often used in Europe as an alternative to method of treatment claims. However, it is a claim format in its own right, and an understanding of its uses and limitations may be useful when drafting patent applications which are destined to be prosecuted before the European Patent Office.
A common issue faced by US applicants when entering Europe is the difference in claim and description requirements between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, there are ways of tailoring your US patent application upon (or after) entering Europe that can make the process much easier.
The best time to ensure sufficiency of a patent application is during the drafting process. Here are some tips for drafting to maximise the chance your application will be found to be sufficient.