• Europe Determines When Email Disclosures Can Be Prior Art
  • October 1, 2012 | Author: Jonathan Radcliffe
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown International LLP - London Office
  • The European Patent Office Technical Board of Appeal has ruled on what is increasingly an important component of the evidence forming prior art attacks, namely alleged disclosures by email. The precedent-conferring status of the TBA means that this is a significant decision both for EPO oppositions and for litigation in national courts across Europe.