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Election to Council 2023

Election to Council 2023

Ballot letters sent to epi members

Ballot letters delayed due to cyberattack and strikes.

Voting possible until 8 March 2023.


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

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 1|2023: 15 February 2023

Key Information

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

Election to epi Council 2023

Postponement of the deadline for voting until 8 March 2023

Dear epi members,

We have become aware that in many countries the letters with the voting codes for the election of epi Council 2023 have not yet been received. Yesterday 2 February 2023 the epi Board held an emergency meeting to deal with this exceptional situation.

The Chair of the Electoral Committee updated the Board about the status of the delivery of the letters. Subsequently, the Board discussed possible ways to proceed on the basis of the current information and several options jointly proposed by the Electoral Committee and the By-Laws Committee.

As a result, the Electoral Committee will accept votes until 8 March 2023 on the basis of Rule 15.5 of the Rules for Election of Council. The epi Board will convene another emergency Board meeting on 10 February 2023 to review the situation and decide further possible measures.

It is important for us to know that the letters are finally being received. The best way to let us know is to vote - please do so!


January 25, 2023

Amendment of the EPC Rules to Support Digital Transformation

epi received this week a request from the EPO to provide proposals for amending the EPC Rules.

The EPO wants epi to send in any proposals by 15th February.


January 24, 2023

Roadshow on the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court

Meet our epi experts at the UP/UPC roadshow in the following cities
• 7 February 2023, Milan
• 16 February 2023, Vienna
• 2 March 2023, Paris


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.