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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office


Enlarged Board of Appeal rules in G 4/19 that patent application can be refused on the basis of double patenting

June 23, 2021

Yesterday, the Enlarged Board of Appeal answered the questions referred to it by Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.01 in case T 0318/14 (“Double patenting”).


German Bundestag approves Law Reform allowing epi Members to partner with nationally qualified patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law in Germany

June 16, 2021

Last week, on 10th June 2021, the lower house of the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a law which will allow European Patent Attorneys working in private practice to professionally and economically associate with nationally qualified patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law in Germany to exercise their free profession.


Join the European Inventor Award 2021 on 17 June at 19:00 CEST

June 15, 2021

The European Inventor Award will take place on 17 June 2021 at 19:00 CEST.

For the first time in the history of the event, the ceremony will be entirely digital and will be broadcasted live around the globe.


Oral proceedings in opposition – extension of ViCo pilot project

May 21, 2021

In the wake of oral proceedings in case G1/21, the President of the EPO has announced (see here) that the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions, initially set to run until 14 September 2021, is further extended to run until 31 January 2022.


Webinar on IP Licensing

May 18, 2021

Find out how to set up and execute a licensing program in our upcoming webinar with Tony Tangena on 14 June 2021.