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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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Message to our members

March 31, 2020

From the Presidium, a message to the members with information about:

  • Cancellation of the Council meeting in Glasgow
  • epi Secretariat continuity plans activated
  • epi letter to the EPO regarding the EQE cancellation
  • Short report of the "mock e-Council" meeting of the AC
  • Letter from the EPO President regarding oral proceedings by videoconference
  • Message from the International Bureau regarding postal mail and e-mail
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German Federal Constitutional Court Stops Ratification of Germany by Allowing Complaint in UPC Case

March 20, 2020

This morning the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) issued a long-awaited judgment on a complaint filed against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.

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