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Call for suggestions in relation with time limits at the EPO

November 17, 2021

The EPO has indicated that it is considering whether there need to be any changes to the rules relating to time limits to support the end-to-end digitalisation of the patent granting process. epi invites all its member to read a paper prepared by EPPC on this matter and send their comments by 31st December, 2021.


Report from e-Council meeting (C91) that took place on 13th November 2021

November 13, 2021

Council remembers Terry Johnson and Francisco Bernardo Noriega, and discusses the latest EPO developments with EPO President

epi C91 Council meeting took place on 13 November 2021 by videoconference. A total of 188 participants attended the meeting.


The wait for EPO badges for representatives is over

November 05, 2021

In a notice from the EPO dated 22 October 2021 the EPO announced that it is now possible to obtain EPO badges for professional representatives by a pre-arranged video call.


New referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 2/21 concerning the use of post-published evidence to establish plausibility for an invention

October 26, 2021

In a decision of the Board of Appeal in case T 0116/18, three questions have been referred to the Enlarged Board concerning how to regard post-published evidence filed in support of inventive step.
The referral is pending under G 2/21.


EPO will process requests for entry on the List of Professional Representatives this week

October 11, 2021

The EPO has taken measures to process the backlog in entries on the List of Professional Representatives. As announced on the EPO website, all pending entry requests will be dealt with by calendar week 41 of 2021 (which starts today).