1 April 2012Jurisdiction reportsMarianne Holme

Melon case gives food for thought to patent practitioners

EPO statistics dated February 14, 2012 show that 3340 applications never entered the examination phase before the EPO, because the applications were abandoned early by the applicant, for example, on receipt of the search report. Then 245 applications were rejected by EPO and 2235 were withdrawn during substantive examination; 1556 are still pending.

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