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Election to Council 2023

Election to Council 2023

Nominations are re-opened for countries or groups with too few candidates.


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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).


November 22, 2022

Seminar: Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court in Munich

We still have places available for our seminar on 6 December in Munich. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet our epi experts together with an EPO expert to gain knowledge of unitary patent protection and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) to allow epi members to work with the new system and to advise clients on strategic choices, for example on whether to request unitary effect for their European patents, or when and whether to opt their non-unitary European patents out of the UPC.


November 18, 2022

Election to Council 2023 - end of nomination phase and re-opening of nomination for selected constituencies.

In early 2023, the Council of the Institute shall be elected. The nomination phase is over, and the list of all validly nominated candidates is published on the epi website.

The deadline for corrections to the list is 12 December 2022.


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.

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.