Ongoing consultations

Boards of Appeal

The European Patent Organisation has launched a structural reform of its Boards of Appeal. The main features of the proposed reform are described in the attached document (CA/16/15), which has been presented by the European Patent Office to the Administrative Council in March and has met with broad support. The aim of the reform is to ensure and increase the organisational and managerial autonomy of the Boards of Appeal, the perception of their independence as enshrined in Article 23 EPC, as well as their efficiency within the legal framework of the current European Patent Convention.

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