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Opposition oral proceedings by VICO to continue to 31 May 2022

November 29, 2021

In a notice from the EPO dated 24 November 2021 the EPO announced an extension of the pilot for oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference to 31 May 2022.


Austrian Parliament decides to ratify UPC Protocol on Provisional Application

November 19, 2021

Today, the Austrian Nationalrat (lower Chamber of the Austrian Parliament) unanimously decided in favour of ratifying the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on Provisional Application (PPA).


Call for suggestions in relation with time limits at the EPO

November 17, 2021

The EPO has indicated that it is considering whether there need to be any changes to the rules relating to time limits to support the end-to-end digitalisation of the patent granting process. epi invites all its member to read a paper prepared by EPPC on this matter and send their comments by 31st December, 2021.


Report from e-Council meeting (C91) that took place on 13th November 2021

November 13, 2021

Council remembers Terry Johnson and Francisco Bernardo Noriega, and discusses the latest EPO developments with EPO President

epi C91 Council meeting took place on 13 November 2021 by videoconference. A total of 188 participants attended the meeting.


The wait for EPO badges for representatives is over

November 05, 2021

In a notice from the EPO dated 22 October 2021 the EPO announced that it is now possible to obtain EPO badges for professional representatives by a pre-arranged video call.