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April 20, 2011

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Brad,

Do any of these statistics take into accounnt the EP's draconian file now or never rule for divisionals? How may extra patents were filed last fall as a result, and what affect would these numbers have on the EPO's supposedly record setting year.

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Excellent question.

The EPO’s report does not mention the change in EP law regarding the filing of divisional applications or any impact that the change in the law had. The statistics reported by the EPO were aggregate numbers that simply reported the total number of applications filed by year and in certain technology fields. It seems to me that the change in the law would have a significant short term impact as applicants rushed to file their divisional applications. As I recall, this was even predicted by the EPO and/or various commentators. I anticipate that the number of filings will decrease in the future now that the new law has taken effect. Thanks for the question.

You write that all the top filers are electronics companies but that the third heaviest filer is BASF. I thought BASF was more chemical than electronics. Otherwise, I can confirm that a very large number of divisionals were indeed filed at the EPO in the weeks before the inextensible cut-off date of October 1, 2010

MaxDrei,
You are correct about BASF; they are a chemical company. Good catch.

And, I am interested in your comment "I can confirm that a very large number of divisionals" were filed before the October 1, 2010, deadline.
I am sure that you are correct, I just wonder about the source of your information. Do you work for the EPO?

Thanks for reading and for the comment.

Brad Crawford

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