16 January 2006

Patents: First Opinion on Validity

Patent Office examiner, Rebecca Villis, published her opinion on validity in
EP(UK) 1351732 NOVO-NORDISK A/S today. It is the first to be issued by the Patent Office under the ss. 74A and 74B of the Patents Act 1977 as amended.

I have read the application and summarized it in Patents: Opinions on Validity and Infringement on 14 Dec 2005. The examiner has found that the first and second claims were not new and were obvious but all the rest of the claims were new and not obvious over the documents submitted by the requester, Robert Lind.

The opinion is open to further review under s.74B at the request of the proprietor.

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