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When a Sale is not a Sale

Written by Mark Lehberg An inventor is precluded from obtaining a patent on an invention if that invention was sold (e.g., embodied in a product that is sold) more than one year prior to the filing date of the patent application claiming the invention. This is the so-called “on-sale bar.”  The sale of the invention constitutes … Continue Reading

Spain modernizes its patent legislation

Author: Gonzalo Santos The Spanish Parliament recently passed Law 24/2015, an in-depth amendment of the Spanish Patents Act (“LP” in its Spanish acronym). The changes introduced radically alter the patent landscape in Spain in various ways, although the new version of the LP will not enter into force until 1 April 2017. The first significant … Continue Reading