For applications filed on or after 13 December 2007, the date of entry into force of the EPC 2000, a one-stage protest procedure
as set out in Rule 40.2 PCT
applies. According to this procedure the only body examining a protest before the EPO as ISA is a review panel consisting of three members: the head of a directorate, normally the head of the directorate by which the invitation to pay additional fees was issued, an examiner with special expertise in unity of invention and, normally, the examiner who issued the invitation. The boards of appeal are no longer competent to decide on protests in respect of any international application filed on or after 13 December 2007.