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G 1/21 - Oral Proceedings by Videoconference – Amicus Curiae Deadline of 27 April 2021

April 06, 2021

The Boards of Appeal have published a communication setting a deadline of 27 April 2021 for any third party wishing to make a written statement (or amicus curiae) under Article 10(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in relation to the question referred in G 1/21.

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Distance learning course on Life of a patent - registration is open!

April 01, 2021

Have you ever thought about all the things to take into account before drafting and filing a patent application up to the last step of the grant process? Join our distance learning course on Life of a patent. Register now until 15 April. The official course start is 19 April 2021.

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New Article 15a of the RPBA on oral proceedings by videoconference before the Boards of Appeal enters into force on 1 April 2021

April 01, 2021

Article 15a RPBA was approved by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation at its 166th meeting on 23 March 2021. It had previously been adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC) on 11 December 2020. The BOAC plans to consult users in due course to assess their experience with it.

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EBA referral G 1/21- Oral Proceedings by Videoconference

March 26, 2021

In the interlocutory decision T 1807/15 of 12 March 2021, the Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.02 referred the following question to the Enlarged Board of Appeal, which will be handled under G 1/21

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EBA decision G 1/19 - computer-implemented simulations

March 26, 2021

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO published its decision G 1/19 on computer-implemented simulations on 1 March 2021. The Enlarged Board of Appeal considered that computer invented simulations must be assessed according to the same criteria as any other computer-implemented invention.

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