Case law and appeals

Boards of appeal (JPG)

The boards of appeal are independent from the Office in their decisions and are bound only by the European Patent Convention (EPC). See more information on the boards and a set of FAQ's.

The boards of appeal decisions database

Comprehensive texts of each decision of the EPO boards of appeal contained in the database (since 1979). The decisions are available in the language of the proceedings (English, French or German).

Case law

A substantial body of case law on the European Patent Convention has developed since the first decision of a board of appeal was handed down in 1979.

Case Law from the Contracting States to the EPC

Summaries of interesting decisions handed down by the courts of the contracting states to the EPC between 2011 and 2014.

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