Is your priority a priority? Our take on the ongoing “CRISPR” cases at the EPO.

Most of the people who have been in contact with the patent system will be familiar with the concept of claiming priority from a previously filed application. Most of them will also be aware that it is the subsequent application that claims priority (and therefore an effective filing date) from the first application. However, claiming priority can be much more complicated than that. This is illustrated by one of the so-called “CRISPR” cases that over the past few years have drawn headlines in the world of IP.

In this article Henrik Skødt explains the complexity of claiming priority and the so-called “co-applicants approach” when claiming priority at the EPO.

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