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epi Annual Report 2021

We are pleased to inform our members that the Annual Report 2021 is now available on the epi website.

epi Annual Report 2021

 

epi Informationepi publishes a quarterly journal to inform the members of epi's current activities.

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 3|2022: 29 August 2022

 
Key Information

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New and helpful forum features now available

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Further information and a detailed guide can be found here. New channel for epi members to share tips, tricks, suggestions on the use of the forum.

Welcome

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


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.


News

August 04, 2022

EPO takes position on epi paper concerning ST26 sequence listings

As reported previously (see here) epi has raised concerns with the EPO that the implementation, as of 1st July 2022, of Standard ST 26 on sequence listings might impose an undue burden on applicants and trigger added matter issues.

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July 28, 2022

“DABUS” decision published - AI cannot be named as inventor (J 8/20)

In its decision J 8/20 of 5 July 2022 the Legal Board of Appeal confirmed that under the European Patent Convention an inventor designated in a patent application must be a human being.

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epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(Update 5 April 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.

Due to the end of restrictions in Bavaria, physical meetings are possible again. Please note that meetings in the epi Secretariat are allowed from 1 May 2022 only up to a maximum of 15 people and FFP2 masks are still required (unless seated). Meetings outside the Secretariat can take place according to the respective local sanitary conditions, while exercising precautionary measures.