Implementing regulations to the EPC 2000

Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000 were adopted by decision of the Administrative Council of 7.12.2006 (see pages 89-195 of the Special edition no. 1 of the OJ EPO 2007 [PDF, 1.6 MB] )

The revision of the Articles of the EPC by the Conference of the Contracting States held in November 2000 entailed a complete overhaul of the EPC Implementing Regulations. This overhaul has been carried out in two stages:

Travaux préparatoires to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

Intense preparatory work took place in the Committee on Patent Law in 2002 and 2006.

  • Travaux préparatoires in 2002 relating to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

    • CA/PL 5/02 dated 18.6.2002
      Draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC 2000, including accompanying Explanatory remarks

    • CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 1 dated 20.9.2002 Revised version of the Draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC 2000. The revised text takes into account the comments and suggestions (CA/PL 10/02 Add.1-13) received by the EPO

    • CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 1 Add. 1 dated 1.10.2002
      Revised version of the Explanatory Remarks concerning the draft Implementing Regulations as per CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 1.

    • CA/PL PV 19 Minutes of the 19th meeting of the Committee on Patent Law (Munich, 15-16 October 2002)

    • CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 2 dated 29.10.2002
      Draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC. This revised version takes into account the results of the discussion in the Committee on Patent Law on 15-16 October 2002 and of amendment proposals forwarded to the EPO

    • CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 3 dated 22.11.2002
      Draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC 2000. This revised version takes into account the comments received on CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 2

  • Travaux préparatoires in 2006 relating to the amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

    • CA/PL 11/06 dated 13.4.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

    • CA/PL PV 29
      Minutes of the 29th meeting of the Committee on Patent Law (Munich, 2 and 3 May 2006)

    • CA/PL 17/06 dated 7.8.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

    • CA/PL 17/06 Add. 1 dated 11.8.2006
      Draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC 2000 - Concordance list

    • CA/PL 22/06 dated 30.8.2006
      Amendments to the EPC Implementing Regulations, R 102(1)

    • CA/PL PV 30
      Minutes of the 30th meeting of the Committee on Patent Law (Munich, 19 to 21 September 2006)

    • CA/PL 29/06 dated 16.10.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

    • CA/PL 29/06 Add. 1 dated 27.10.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations to EPC 2000 (explanatory notes on the rules set out in CA/PL 29/06)

    • CA/PL 30/06 dated 19.10.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations for EPC 2000 - epi comments

    • CA/PL PV 31
      Minutes of the 31th meeting of the Committee on Patent Law (Munich, 2 November 2006)

    • CA/112/06 dated 17.11.2006
      Amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

Public consultation prior to the adoption of the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000

In June 2002, the draft Implementing Regulations under the EPC 2000 and the accompanying Explanatory remarks were posted on the EPO website for public consultation:

Comments were received by several users’ associations and national delegations:

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