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Council elects the Board

July 08, 2020

Initially scheduled to take place in Glasgow on 11th and 12th May 2020, epi C88 Council meeting was eventually held on 29th June 2020 by video conference.


Considerations about the training of EQE candidates during the Covid-19 crisis

June 26, 2020

This article is intended for publication in epi Information. It is made available in advance on the epi website as a courtesy to our members.


New Services of the Boards of Appeal

June 03, 2020

The Boards of Appeal have introduced new services on their website.


Enlarged Board of Appeal Issues Opinion in Referral G 3/19

May 18, 2020

On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued its opinion regarding the referral in case G 3/19 (Pepper). Explicitly abandoning its earlier decisions in cases G 2/12 (Tomatoes II) and G 2/13 (Broccoli II), it held that plants and animal products exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable.


Experience from a Mock ViCo Oral Proceedings [updated May 13, 2020]

May 08, 2020

On Tuesday 5th May, four epi members (David Brophy, Bart van Wezenbeek, John Gray and Chris Mercer) took part in a recorded mock opposition division oral proceedings by videoconference.
The recorded mock OP module is now online!