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New Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

August 27, 2019

epi members will be well advised to review their pending cases and submit any new requests, evidence or arguments before the end of this year. Though the new RPBA are, by and large, a codification of the stricter side of the case-law of the Boards of Appeal, it must be expected that the risk that new matter will be excluded will sharply increase.


European Inventor Award 2020 - Call for Nominations

August 09, 2019

epi kindly invites you to nominate your inventors for the 2020 Award before the deadline of 30 September 2019


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.