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Considerations about the training of EQE candidates during the Covid-19 crisis

June 26, 2020

This article is intended for publication in epi Information. It is made available in advance on the epi website as a courtesy to our members.

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New Services of the Boards of Appeal

June 03, 2020

The Boards of Appeal have introduced new services on their website.

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Enlarged Board of Appeal Issues Opinion in Referral G 3/19

May 18, 2020

On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued its opinion regarding the referral in case G 3/19 (Pepper). Explicitly abandoning its earlier decisions in cases G 2/12 (Tomatoes II) and G 2/13 (Broccoli II), it held that plants and animal products exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable.

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Experience from a Mock ViCo Oral Proceedings [updated May 13, 2020]

May 08, 2020

On Tuesday 5th May, four epi members (David Brophy, Bart van Wezenbeek, John Gray and Chris Mercer) took part in a recorded mock opposition division oral proceedings by videoconference.
The recorded mock OP module is now online!

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Oral proceedings by videoconference (updates April 17 and 20, 2020)

April 02, 2020

On 31 March, we reported that your president had received a letter from the EPO President regarding the use of video-conferencing for oral proceedings. The EPO has informed users about this measure at a videoconference meeting of the SACEPO Working Party Rules, which the epi delegates have joined. Your president then sent a response to the EPO President, still on 31 March.

The President has now decided that videoconference would be the default for examination. The EPO will launch a pilot for videoconference in opposition. Please share your experience with us, here (examination) or here (opposition).

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