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Decommissioning of Fax Services and New Contingency Upload Service at the International Bureau

August 07, 2019

WIPO intends to discontinue the use by PCT applicants of fax services at the International Bureau. epi representatives and others have been working hard to ensure that the fax service is not switched off, until a suitable contingency filing service is in place, and tried and fully tested by users over a period of time.


Enlarged Board of Appeal issues opinion G1/18 in line with epi amicus curiae brief

July 29, 2019

Appeal not to have been filed or inadmissible? The Enlarged Board of Appeal endorses the prevailing view of the Boards and the comments sent by epi in its amicus curiae brief.


Enlarged Board of Appeal decides case G2/19 on the rights of third parties and the venue of oral proceedings in Haar

July 16, 2019

Today, oral proceedings took place before the Enlarged Board of Appeal in case G 2/19.


epi contribution to the EPO video on the Strategic Plan 2023

June 27, 2019

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation unanimously adopted yesterday the EPO’s Strategic Plan (SP2023) for the period 2019-2023.

The presentation of the plan is supported by a short video that includes a contribution of epi.


Deadline for enrolment to the main examination 2020: 12 August 2019

June 26, 2019

Applications must be submitted no later than 12 August 2019 via the EPO web portal.