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European Qualifying Examination 2022

March 23, 2022

European Qualifying Examination (EQE) 2022 completed.

The European qualifying examination (EQE) 2022 concluded last week, after a 11-day examination cycle that ran from Tuesday, 8 March to Friday, 18 March.

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Guidelines for Examination in the EPO – have your say

February 10, 2022

The EPO has announced a public online consultation on the EPC Guidelines and the PCT-EPO Guidelines.

The consultation will close on 15 April 2022.

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Delaying EP grant in the light of the forthcoming introduction of the Unitary Patent

January 25, 2022

In a notice from the EPO dated 22 December 2021 the EPO announced the decision of the President to give applicants the possibility to request that the issuance of the decision to grant a European patent be delayed so that the mention of the grant is published in the European Patent Bulletin on or immediately after the date of entry into force of the UPCA in order to allow the registration of unitary effect for that European patent.

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The forthcoming introduction of the Unitary Patent and filing early requests for unitary effect

January 25, 2022

In a notice from the EPO dated 22 December 2021 the EPO announced that it will accept early requests for unitary effect as of the date of deposit of Germany's instrument of ratification of the UPCA.

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UPC Protocol on Provisional Application has entered into force on 19.01.2022

January 19, 2022

Yesterday, Austria was the 13th state to deposit its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application (“PAP-Protocol”) of the UPC Agreement with the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The Protocol has entered into force today in accordance with its Article 3(1).

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