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The following committees have vacant seats open for nomination: Biotech Committee, EPPC, LitCom, PCC, PEC, OCC. Kindly submit your application (after logging in) here for the Online Communications Committee by 24 October and for the other committees listed preferably by 2 November 2021.

The by-elections for all vacant seats will take place at the Council meeting (e-C91) on 13 November 2021.


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Deadline for epi Information 4|2021: 15 November 2021

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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).


October 26, 2021

New referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 2/21 concerning the use of post-published evidence to establish plausibility for an invention

In a decision of the Board of Appeal in case T 0116/18, three questions have been referred to the Enlarged Board concerning how to regard post-published evidence filed in support of inventive step.
The referral is pending under G 2/21.


October 11, 2021

EPO will process requests for entry on the List of Professional Representatives this week

The EPO has taken measures to process the backlog in entries on the List of Professional Representatives. As announced on the EPO website, all pending entry requests will be dealt with by calendar week 41 of 2021 (which starts today).


epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(Update 23 July 2021)

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.

In view of the present situation but the uncertainty as to the future development, the Presidium advises all committees to continue planning virtual meetings until the end of the year.

However, under certain circumstances physical meetings of small size up to 10 persons for epi bodies will be possible in the Secretariat in Munich, as far as the sanitary situation and the travel conditions allow it.

Please note that in such an event the meeting within the Secretariat will take place to the extent allowed under the rules applicable in Munich.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.