SACEPO is consulted on all important issues affecting the development of the European patent system, from broad European and international issues such as:
to more day to day issues such as:
Regular consultation of SACEPO ensures that proposed changes in European patent law and practice are seen from the perspective of the user and debated in a thorough and balanced way prior to implementation. Its functions are of purely advisory nature.
In addition to the ordinary meetings of SACEPO a special sub-committee (SACEPO/PDI) consisting of experts from industry, libraries, patent documentation and patent attorneys is devoted to patent documentation and meets once per year in the EPO's sub-office in Vienna.
Furthermore, two special SACEPO Working Parties on Guidelines (SACEPO/WPG) and on Rules (SACEPO/WPR) consisting of members nominated by epi and BUSINESSEUROPE are consulted on proposed changes to the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO and the Implementing Regulations respectively.