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Cooperation meeting with the JPAA delegation (Munich, 18th February 2016)

February 19, 2016

epi meets with a delegation of JPAA (Organisation of Japanese Patent Attorneys Association).

Focus was on the recent Supreme Court decisions in Japan and the Unitary Patent and UPC.


Interested in IP protection in China?

February 15, 2016

Last 14th January 2016, the CCTV News Channel broadcasted a talk show where Dr. Lulin GAO (Chairman of Beijing East IP Ltd. and Founding Commissioner of SIPO) and Mr. David Kappos (Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and former Commissioner of the USPTO) discussed about the IP protection in China, exchanging their views about the developments occurred in this field during the past years.


epi seminar "Opposition" & "Appeal" supported by the EPO in 2016

January 30, 2016

The "Opposition and Appeal" seminar will provide you with an intensive and practical overview of all relevant legal and practical issues concerning opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Professional Education Committee (PEC)


Please be informed that the annual epi membership fee increases to 190 Euro effective from 1 January 2016

December 21, 2015

The membership fee has been increased by a decision taken at the 79th Council meeting held recently in Cologne.

The last fee increase occured in 2007 and the epi Council deemed that the present increase is necessary now in order to keep the financial health of the epi and in view of the many services that are to be provided to its members and with the required quality.

João Pereira da Cruz, Secretary General

Peter Thomsen, Treasurer


UPC Agreement Ratification Process and Local or Regional Divisions

December 07, 2015

Update 7 December 2015

The epi’s Litigation Committee members from the various EU Member States have contributed information on the latest developments in their respective countries with regard to the ratification process.