One of the key questions in the assessment of inventive step within the EPO is whether or not the skilled person will adapt or modify the teaching of the closest prior art and arrive at the invention. The EPO answers this question using the so-called could-would approach developed in the early decision T2/83 of a…

The 23rd edition of the book The Annotated European Patent Convention has been published. The book is updated till 15 November 2015. Some important amendments in this new work: Recently issued Enlarged Board of Appeal decisions: -G1/12: correction of the identity of the appellant is allowed; -G1/13: the EPO recognises the retroactive effect of restoration…