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Das Institut der beim Europäischen Patentamt zugelassenen Vertreter (epi) wurde gemäß dem Europäischen Patentübereinkommen (EPÜ) durch Bestimmungen, die vom Verwaltungsrat des Europäischen Patentamtes beschlossen wurden, gegründet.


December 05, 2022

Entry into force of UPC Agreement postponed till 1 June 2023

The Administrative Committee of the UPC has decided to postpone the start of the sunrise period by 2 months from originally planned 1 January 2023 to now 1 March 2023.


November 29, 2022

epi provides Forum for sharing UPC CMS experiences and solutions

All users, including European Patent Attorneys, are preparing for the arrival of the new Unitary Patent (UP) / Unified Patent Court (UPC) system, which is expected to start early next year.
The UPC will be a fully digitalized court and will therefore communicate with its users only via its electronic Case Management System (CMS).

epi would therefore like to offer a platform to its members for sharing information and tips related to how to obtain access to the UPC Case Management System using the strong authentication system.


epi expresses solidarity with Ukraine

As a pan-European organisation with more than 13,000 members exercising their profession in 38 countries, epi’s thoughts are with all those dramatically impacted by the ongoing use of force against Ukraine.

We, epi, stand in solidarity with all those, particularly civilians, suffering from the outbreak of violence in Ukraine and with all refugees seeking safety in other countries. We support the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2nd March, calling for immediate cessation of the use of force against Ukraine and renunciation of any unlawful threat or use of force against any State.

As user representatives, we support the announcement of the European Patent Office "Standing Together for Peace in Europe" and its immediate reaction to the situation in Ukraine.

epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(Update 1 October 2022)

Since the outbreak of coronavirus epi has taken measures to ensure the health of our staff and our members and in the same time to continue to fulfil the support for the Presidium, Board, Council and epi Committees and all our epi members.

The current situation is conscientiously reviewed and adapted to the local development and official requirements.

As of 1 October 2022, there will be a new occupational health and safety ordinance in Germany for precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This triggers the following measures which will be applied to the epi Secretariat:

  • Meetings in the epi Secretariat are only allowed up to a maximum of 15 people and if the distance of 1.5 m can be guaranteed
  • If the distance of 1,5m cannot be guaranteed, the wearing of a mask is mandatory

Meetings outside the Secretariat can take place according to the respective local sanitary conditions, while exercising precautionary measures.