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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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Board finds no legal basis to adapt description to allowed claims (T 1989/18)

January 10, 2022

In its decision T 1989/18 of 16 December 2021 the Board of Appeal may have provided an early Christmas present for epi members.

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Update on decommissioning of online filing (CMS) IMMINENT (31 December 2021)

December 23, 2021

Further to the news item of 3 December, epi has been monitoring closely with EPO experts the progress of users who are switching from CMS to Online Filing 2.0.

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Decommissioning of online filing (CMS) IMMINENT (31 December 2021)

December 03, 2021

As users will know, the EPO intends to decommission its online filing service known as CMS at the end of this month (31 December 2021). A replacement web-based filing service Online Filing 2.0 was launched on 1 April 2021.(The eOLF and web-form filing services are not affected by this announcement.)

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