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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.


New Services of the Boards of Appeal

June 03, 2020

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


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.


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!


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).