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Communications from the Boards of Appeal


Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal – ref. No. G 1/18

The President of the European Patent Office has referred a point of law concerning the interpretation of Article 108 EPC to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

Boards of Appeal Annual report 2017 is published today

The Boards of Appeal increased their performance in 2017. The number of technical cases settled increased by 2.5%, and the number of technical cases on which the Boards started work rose by 12.4% (in terms of first communications issued).


EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal clarifies standard for examining “undisclosed disclaimers”

The Enlarged Board of Appeal today issued decision G 1/16 on the allowability of undisclosed disclaimers introduced into a patent claim. The decision concerns three questions of law referred to the Enlarged Board, which constitutes the highest level of judicial authority at the EPO.

Official inauguration of the new building for the Boards of Appeal

The new building for the Boards of Appeal Unit of the EPO in Haar, Munich, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

New website of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office

The website gives easy access to the searchable database of the decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the Legal Board of Appeal and the Technical Boards of Appeal, and to important texts relating to the appeal procedure, such as the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA).

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