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Revised guidelines for reimbursement

At C94, Council decided to implement a revised set of reimbursement guidelines with an effective date of 1 September 2023.

The revised guidelines for reimbursement and an info sheet which provides a quick overview of the main amendments can be found here (available for epi members after login):

Guidelines Reimbursement

Key Information

brochure for all new Council Members is available after login.

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

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 4|2023: 27 November 2023



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

Please note that due to a Public Holiday (Day of German Unity) the epi Secretariat is closed on Tuesday, 3 October 2023.

Committee Elections 2023 - Election Phase starts on 2 October 2023

Dear epi Council members,
Please be advised that the election phase for Committee Elections 2023 starts on Monday, 02 October 2023. Further information is available here after login.

Final list of candidates

A guide to online voting for epi Committee Elections (available for Council members after login)

Explanation Online Voting


September 25, 2023

Webinar recording: Basics about conduct provisions for EPAs is available now!

The recorded webinar on “Basics about conduct provisions for EPAs” (Giorgio Checcacci, supported by Martina Stork) is now available on epi-learning!


August 25, 2023

Examination Matters 2023

The EPO high-level hybrid conference for patent attorneys on 10-11 October 2023 is once again organised in close co-operation with the epi.


epi Council elected a new Board at C94

94th Council Meeting

During the first day of its meeting in Malmö (Sweden), epi Council elected a new Board.

Sympathy with Victims of the recent Flood catastrophy in Slovenia, Austria and Croatia

With great consternation and sadness we have heard about the unprecedented catastrophic rainfalls and floods that have effected major part of Slovenia, parts of Austria and Croatia during the last weeks. We would like to express epi’s sympathy with all fatalities and affected people, particularly our members, their families, friends, employees and clients who may have been injured or lost their homes and other valuable belongings.

We hope that the now necessary repair and recovery activities can be finished within the shortest possible period and are looking forward to visit Slovenia to hold our planned C96 Council meeting mid of November 2023 in Ljubljana.

For the epi Presidium
Peter R. Thomsen