A key part of the reform measures being undertaken to improve the efficiency and predictability of appeal proceedings before the Boards of Appeal of the EPO is the revision of the Boards' Rules of Procedure (Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal - RPBA - OJ EPO 2007, 536).
The Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC) and the President of the Boards of Appeal therefore invite users to take part in the present written consultation on the proposed revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal, which are now available in English (first published draft dated 1 February 2018).
The consultation focuses on the amendments to Articles 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 RPBA, which form the "core" of the appeal procedure. In the online form, the current and proposed revised or new texts of these Articles are set out side by side. Changes are clearly marked and detailed explanatory remarks are provided.
To facilitate processing of responses, you will be requested to comment on each Article, or parts of it, in turn. You will be asked first to indicate your degree of satisfaction with the proposed text and then to give the reasons for your answer in the box provided.
Finally, you will be invited to comment on the proposed transitional provisions.
In addition to the changes to Articles 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15, a number of smaller amendments of a more editorial nature are being proposed throughout the rules for reasons of clarity and consistency. These amendments are provided for information in the full pdf draft text of the proposed revised RPBA, which can be downloaded from this webpage.
This online consultation will remain open until noon on 30 April 2018.
All replies received will be considered in due course, and it is intended that a further draft will be issued in good time before the user conference planned for late autumn 2018.
Thank you very much for your participation.