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28 Jan 2016, 7:34 am
Merpel can't tell if it is fair to make such a connection, not having any verifiable information one way or another. [read post]
25 Jun 2012, 9:43 pm
Unfortunately, this is not quite so easy, but Merpel will valiantly try. [read post]
25 Jun 2012, 9:43 pm
Unfortunately, this is not quite so easy, but Merpel will valiantly try. [read post]
5 Jun 2015, 4:57 am
Merpel wrote back in March on the proposal by the President of the European Patent Office for plans to reform the administration of the Boards of Appeal (proposals here and here; Merpel's comments here). [read post]
31 May 2016, 2:29 am
Merpel thought that nothing at the European Patent Office could surprise her any more. [read post]
5 Oct 2015, 1:16 am
As you were.** Merpel's kidding, it's not uncharacteristic at all. [read post]
1 Jun 2007, 10:50 am
Merpel adds, this anniversary demonstrates the power of official bureaucracy: if the European Patent Office had been a European Patent, it would have lapsed years ago. ...The IPKat's friend, learned and diligent blogger Dennis Crouch, of Patently-O fame, has just launched a new law journal, the Patent Law Journal. [read post]
30 Apr 2015, 6:36 am
Merpel thinks she knows the answers -- but she would love to be wrong.As ever, Merpel welcomes comments, but begs to remind readers of the following:Henceforth, in respect of all EPO-related blogposts, no comment will be posted if it is merely ascribed to "Anonymous". [read post]
24 Dec 2009, 5:13 pm
The IPKat, Merpel and the AmeriKat (not to mention Annsley, Birgit, David, Jeremy and Mark) wish all their readers a peaceful, pleasant and prosperous season of winter festivities and look forward to continuing to serve them with lots of exciting IP news, information and comment in the coming year. [read post]
20 Apr 2010, 1:49 pm
The IPKat, Merpel and Tufty have received an interesting and indeed provocative question from a reader who writes: "Dear Feline CreaturesI am writing an article about the possible role of consumers in transactions involving counterfeit goods. [read post]
1 Jan 2011, 11:11 am
On behalf of Merpel, the AmeriKat, Tufty, Birgit, David, Mark, Matt and Neil, the IPKat takes this opportunity to wish all of his readers a very happy new calendar year, starting in just a few short hours time -- unless you are Japanese, an Australian, or similar -- in which case you are ahead of our time, if not your own. [read post]
3 Dec 2014, 8:12 pm
Merpel catches up on herincoming EPO mail ...In recent posts here and here Merpel has been spreading the word concerning the increasing disquiet and anxiety felt by her and many others regarding the running of the European Patent Office, its staff relations, finances and other issues. [read post]
27 Jan 2012, 2:42 am
Merpel, in the words from another great play by Mr Sorkin (A Few Good Men), cheekily wonders if Mr Albanese 'can't handle the truth' ... [read post]
16 Aug 2012, 2:34 pm
It's a topic that has generated considerable controversy [more smoke than heat, wonders Merpel]: can a government pass laws which effectively extinguish a company’s trade mark rights? [read post]
23 Feb 2016, 2:26 pm
Merpel suspects that if Mr Battistelli is determined enough he could continue to challenge the AC, up to a point. [read post]
1 Oct 2015, 8:07 pm
 Merpel hopes that her readers will agree that both files should be treated equally in the same queue. [read post]
19 Nov 2015, 2:39 pm
Contrary to what Merpel had understood, the request was NOT rejected for the procedural reason that Mr. [read post]
28 Apr 2015, 4:00 am
Thinking about the EPO's controversial health reforms, something has struck Merpel. [read post]
27 May 2014, 7:04 am
 Merpel also notes that the resolution of the situation appears to have been decided by the President and not the Chairman of the Enlarged Board of Appeal.Merpel will continue to hunt for news on these matters and will endeavour to keep our readers informed. [read post]