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epi Information

epi Informationepi publishes a quarterly journal. Its primary objective is to inform members of epi's current activities.

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 4|2020: 26 October 2020


The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) came into existence pursuant to the European Patent Convention (EPC).

epi supports e-EQE in 2021

On 23rd July 2020, the Supervisory Board of the EQE announced on the EPO-EQE website (https://www.epo.org/learning/eqe.html) that, in March 2021, the Pre-Exam and the Main Exam will be conducted online.
An e-EQE Working Group composed of EPO and epi representatives is actively working out the necessary arrangements.



July 29, 2020

Oral proceedings before examination and opposition divisions and Boards of Appeal

The EPO issued a notice on 29 July, essentially postponing all oral proceedings in opposition scheduled until 31 December 2020 unless held by videoconference.
On the same day, the Boards of Appeal also issued a notice containing important measures that are different from those decided by the EPO.


July 20, 2020

Oral proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal in case G1/19

On 15 July 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal held oral proceedings in case G1/19, relating to the patentability of computer-implemented methods involving simulations.


epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(update 7 July 2020)

The Presidium and the Board of the epi are closely monitoring the situation created in Europe by the Covid-19 epidemic. Sadly, we can only observe how this epidemic is impacting our families, our communities, our profession and our very way of life. We can but hope that all of you are well and keeping safe.

Measures have been implemented to ensure, as far as possible under the circumstances, support for the Presidium, Board, Council and committees.

On 29 June 2020, epi C88 Council meeting was held electronically including voting for e.g. the members of the Board and the Disciplinary committee.

Further precautionary measures include the postponement or cancellation of all epi meetings and educational events. Committee meetings can be conducted using the videoconference tool of epi.