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2013

26.4.2013
List of days in 2013 on which EPO filing offices and national patent authorities of the EPC contracting states are closed - corrigendum

14.3.2013
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 27 February 2013 concerning exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results – utilisation scheme (PDF, 38 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 217)

1.3.2013
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 28 January 2013 concerning amended Rule 53(3) EPC (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 150)

1.3.2013
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 29 January 2013 concerning adjustments to the system for search and examination fee refunds (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 153)

27.2.2013
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning the request for early processing (PDF, 69 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 156)

4.2.2013
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning the survey on the web-based consultation platform about online publication of the Official Journal (PDF, 33 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 93)

2012

20.12.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 3 December 2012 on calculation of the time limit under Rule 36(1) EPC (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2013, 16)

27.11.2012

Warning - Beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to publish and/or register European or international patent applications and European patents (PDF, 41 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 644)

27.11.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning the web-based user consultation platform (PDF, 31 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 643)

14.11.2012

Fees for international applications: new equivalent amounts (PDF, 35 KB)

14.11.2012
List of days in 2012 on which EPO filing offices and national patent authorities of the EPC contracting states are closed (PDF, 27 KB)

13.11.2012
Praktika Intern 2013 (PDF, 49 KB)

24.9.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 19 September 2012 concerning exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results – utilisation scheme (PDF, 37 KB)

7.9.2012
Notice supplementing the notice from the President of the European Patent Office dated 6 September 2011 concerning the days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2012 (PDF; 27 KB)

22.8.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 9 August 2012 regarding the automatic exchange of priority documents between the European Patent Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (PDF, 28 KB)

3.8.2012
ES Spain - New fee rates (PDF, 31 KB)

3.8.2012
PT Portugal - New fee rates (PDF, 30 KB)

3.7.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 18 June 2012 concerning the re-opening of the mailroom at its headquarters in Munich (PDF, 28 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 450

20.6.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 2 May 2012 concerning revision of the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (PDF, 38 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 420

27.4.2012
Updated information from the European Patent Office dated 1 May 2012 concerning interviews and oral proceedings to be held as a video-conference (PDF, 41 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 354

27.4.2012
DE Germany - Payment of fees (PDF, 26 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 372

2.4.2012
Warning - Beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to publish and/or register European or international patent applications and European patents (PDF, 46 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 293

23.3.2012
Annual report 2011 (PDF, 34 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 211

12.3.2012
Announcement of the European qualifying examination 2013 - Pre-examination and main examination (PDF, 82 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 226

2.3.2012
NL Netherlands - Change of name (PDF, 35 KB)
OJ EPO 2012, 254

31.1.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 December 2011 concerning amended Rule 71 and new Rule 71a EPC (PDF, 52 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 53)

30.1.2012
HU Hungary - New fee rates (PDF, 116 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 32)

30.1.2012
LT Lithuania - New fee rates (PDF, 118 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 32)

30.1.2012
TR Turkey - New fee rates (PDF, 119 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 32)

27.1.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 December 2011 concerning updated Form 1001 (request for grant) (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 59)

20.1.2012

Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the Trilateral Offices based on PCT work products (PDF, 722 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 89)

20.1.2012
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office based on national work products (PDF, 617 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 75)

20.1.2012
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office based on national work products (PDF, 610 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 60)

19.1.2012
Communication from the Vice-President of Directorate-General 3 of the European Patent Office dated 15 December 2011 concerning the electronic authentication of decisions of the boards of appeal of the EPO (PDF, 27 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 14)

16.1.2012
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 January 2012 concerning the situation in Thailand after the flooding at the end of 2011 (PDF, 35 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 58)

2011

21.12.2011
BE Belgium - New telephone and fax numbers (PDF, 26 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 44)

21.12.2011
FI Finland - Translation requirements after grant (PDF, 33 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 45)

21.12.2011
RS Serbia - New fee rates (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 47)

20.12.2011
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia accedes to the London Agreement (PDF, 34 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 2)

20.12.2011
Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 32)

15.12.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 December 2011 concerning EPO online services (PDF, 43 KB)
(OJ EPO 2012, 22)

29.11.2011
Fees for international applications: new equivalent amounts (PDF, 37 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 662)

29.11.2011
PT Portugal: New fee rates (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 654)

29.11.2011
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia accedes to the London Agreement (PDF, 33 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 614)

7.10.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 31 August 2011 concerning the issuance of a second written opinion in the procedure under Chapter II PCT (PDF, 48 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 532)

5.10.2011
Finland accedes to the London Agreement (PDF, 39 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 472)

5.10.2011
Fees for international applications: new equivalent amounts (PDF, 36 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 539)

3.8.2011
Fees for international applications
(PDF, 29 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 469)

1.8.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 May 2011 concerning the filing of third party observations under Article 115 EPC by means of an online form (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 420)

28.6.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 30 May 2011 concerning amendment of the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (PDF, 35 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 423)

28.6.2011
New print functionality for EPO legal texts (PDF, 31 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 426)

30.5.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 28 April 2011 concerning the filing of sequence listings (PDF, 72 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 376)

24.5.2011
MK Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - New fee rates (PDF, 27 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 408)

24.5.2011
HR Croatia - Payment of fees (PDF, 26 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 407)

24.5.2011
FR France - Payment of fees (PDF, 24 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 406)

24.5.2011
FI Finland - Payment of fees (PDF, 24 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 405)

23.5.2011
BA Bosnia and Herzegovina - New fee rates (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 396)

1.5.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 5 April 2011 concerning updated Form 1200 (entry into the European phase) and the possibility to waive the right to the communication under Rules 161(1) or (2) and 162 EPC (PDF, 36 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 354)  

29.4.2011
Warning: Beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to register European patents (PDF, 37 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 356)  

28.3.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 March 2011 concerning informal clarification by the European Patent Office acting as International Searching Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (PDF, 39 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 327)

15.3.2011
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 March 2011 concerning the situation in Japan after the earthquake on 11 March 2011 (PDF, 42 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 272)

9.3.2011
HU Hungary - Change of name (PDF, 44 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 241)

9.3.2011
ES Spain - New fee rates (PDF, 29 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 240)

3.2.2011
LU Luxembourg - New fee rates (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 124)

31.1.2011
Official Journal special edition – "15th European Patent Judges' Symposium" (PDF, 39 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 111)

28.1.2011
NO Norway (PDF, 42 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 125)

28.1.2011
LT Lithuania - Payment of fees (PDF, 28 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 123)

2010

10.12.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 9 December 2010 concerning exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results – utilisation scheme (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2011, 64)

26.11.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 2 November 2010 concerning the revised procedure for acknowledging receipt of international applications filed in paper form (PDF, 43 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 642)

25.11.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning new prices for the Official Journal and special editions (PDF, 46 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 647)

25.11.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 5 November 2010 concerning updated Forms 1001 (request for grant) and 1200 (entry into the European phase) (PDF, 34 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 646)

25.11.2010
Fees for international applications (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 663)

13.9.2010
Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

13.9.2010
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PDF, 143 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 518)

9.8.2010
Fees for international applications (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 451)

9.8.2010
14th edition of the European Patent Convention (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 416)

3.8.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning amended Rule 141 EPC - utilisation scheme (PDF, 61 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 410)

30.7.2010
Serbia accedes to the European Patent Convention (PDF, 44 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 394)

30.7.2010
IS Iceland: Payment of fees (PDF, 29 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 426)

16.7.2010
Important information for patent applicants (PDF, 29 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 450)

1.7.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 19 May 2010 concerning updated Form 1200 (entry into the European phase) and notes (PDF, 38 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 376)

29.6.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 29 June 2010 concerning communications under amended Rule 161 EPC (PDF, 57 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 406)

29.6.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 June 2010 concerning enclosure of a standard acknowledgement of receipt (EPO Form 2936) in the case of notifications by registered letter with advice of delivery (PDF, 34 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 377)

7.5.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 4 May 2010 concerning the programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications – "PACE" (PDF, 59 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 352)

3.5.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 3 May 2010 concerning the extension of time limits under Rule 134 EPC (PDF, 37 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 351)

29.4.2010
New service for users calling formalities officers (PDF, 29 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 287)

28.4.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 19 April 2010 concerning updated Form 1001 (request for grant) and notes (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 286)

27.4.2010
GB United Kingdom: New fee rates (PDF, 32 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 300)

12.4.2010
GR Greece: New fee rates (PDF, 33 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 301)

1.4.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 April 2010 concerning amendment of the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office

1.4.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 March 2010 concerning updated Form 1001 (Request for Grant) and Form 1200 (Entry into the European phase)

10.3.2010
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 4 March 2009 concerning the closing of the mailroom at its headquaters in Munich (PDF, 35 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 228)

2.3.2010

Albania accedes to the European Patent Convention (PDF, 43 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 96)

2.3.2010

AT Austria: New fee amounts (PDF, 45 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 204)

25.1.2010
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PDF, 236 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 46)

25.1.2010
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office (PDF, 239 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 57)

25.1.2010
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the Trilateral Offices based on PCT work products (PDF, 46 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 69)

12.1.2010
Extension of European patents to Montenegro (ME) (PDF, 46 KB)
(OJ EPO 2010, 10)

2009 

24.11.2009
Fees for international applications (PDF, 39 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 619)

24.11.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 2 November 2009 concerning the reintroduction of a grace period for the payment of extension fee (PDF, 46 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 603)

4.11.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 26 October 2009 on the establishment of the date of the Examining Division's first communication for calculation of the time limit under Rule 36(1)(a) EPC as from 1.4.2010 (PDF, 47 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 601)

3.11.2009
Patent protection in Hong Kong Special Administration Region (PDF, 75 KB)(OJ EPO 2009, 601)

27.10.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 October 2009 concerning the refund of the examination fee (Article 11 of the Rules relating to Fees) (PDF, 49 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 542)

16.10.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 October 2009 concerning amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC) (PDF, 80 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 533)

14.9.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 14 September 2009 concerning the filing of a certified copy of an earlier application to which reference is made  (PDF, 36 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 486)

20.8.2009
Notice of the European Patent Office dated 20 August 2009 concerning amended Rule 36(1) and (2) EPC (European divisional applications) and consequential amendments to Rules 57(a) and 135(2) EPC (PDF, 61 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 481)

24.7.2009
List of holidays observed by EPO filing offices and the national patent authorities in 2009 (PDF, 30 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 463)

1.7.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 June 2009 concerning updated Form 1001 (Request for grant) (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 435)

1.4.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 April 2009 concerning amendment of the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (PDF, 38 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 336)

31.3.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 25 March 2009 concerning updated Forms 1001 (request for grant) and 1200 (entry into the European phase) (PDF, 47 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 240)

31.3.2009
Notice supplementing the notice from the European Patent Office dated 26 January 2009 concerning the 2009 fee structure (PDF, 45 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 338)

26.2.2009
Agreement between the EPO and WIPO under the PCT (PDF, 38 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 206)

26.1.2009
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 26 January 2009 concerning the 2009 fee structure (PDF, 104 KB)
(OJ EPO 2009, 118)

2008

12.11.2008
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia accedes to the European Patent Convention (PDF, 50 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 507)

6.10.2008
Triway Pilot Programme between the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office (PDF, 126 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 481)
Following publication in OJ EPO 2008, 442

26.9.2008
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PDF, 71 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 544)

16.7.2008
Triway Pilot Programme between the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and the Japan Patent Office (PDF, 70 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 442)
Followed by publication in OJ EPO 2008, 481

1.4.2008
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 31 March 2008 concerning updated EPO Forms 1001, 1010, 1031 and 2300 (PDF, 49 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 309)

4.3.2008
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 11 February 2008 concerning search and examination fees (PDF, 100 KB)
(OJ EPO 2008, 130)

21.1.2008
Priority claims for a patent taking effect in the Republic of China (Taiwan)

2007

20.9.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 20 September 2007 on implementation of the transitional provisions of the EPC 2000 applicable during the transition from the EPC 1973 to the EPC 2000 (PDF, 65 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 504)

4.7.2007
Discontinuation of standard and special searches by the European Patent Office (PDF, 34 KB) 
(OJ EPO 2007, 477)

28.6.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 27 June 2007 concerning practical aspects of the electronic exchange of priority documents between the EPO and the USPTO (PDF, 75 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 473)

27.6.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 25 June 2007, regarding the automatic exchange of priority documents between the European Patent Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 472)

18.6.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 18 June 2007 following up on the Notice dated 8 March 2007 (see OJ EPO 2007,258) concerning the issue of the direct applicability of Article 70(7) of the TRIPS Agreement in Spain to European patent applications filed prior to the expiry of the reservation entered by Spain under Article 167(2)(a) EPC (PDF, 53 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 439)

23.5.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 23 May 2007 concerning the Co-operation and Extension Agreement with the former State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (PDF, 53 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 406)

1.2.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 February 2007 concerning longer access times for Online Fee Payment (PDF, 44 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 142)

30.1.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 30 January 2007 concerning the decision to cease to accept European and international patent applications produced with version 2.10 or any earlier version of the epoline® Online Filing software (PDF, 50 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 140)

15.1.2007
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 January 2007 concerning the launch of Online Filing software version 3.20 (PDF, 50 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 139)

4.1.2007
Notice dated 9 October 2006 concerning updated EPO Form 1004.1 (PDF, 112 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 27)

3.1.2007
Malta accedes to the European Patent Convention (PDF, 43 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 1)

2.1.2007
Accession to the PCT by Malta (MT) (PDF, 35 KB)
(OJ EPO 2007, 60)

2006

4.10.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 September 2006 concerning staying of proceedings (PDF, 48 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 538)

29.6.2006
Warning: Beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to register European patents (PDF, 40 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 429)

4.5.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 25.April 2006 concerning the completion of technical preparations for publication of European patent specifications (PDF, 42 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 409)

1.5.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 25.April 2006 concerning the withdrawal of the application to prevent publication (PDF, 59 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 406)

27.4.2006
European qualifying examination 2007 (Basic fee for the European qualifying examination) (PDF, 51 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 374)

26.4.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office regarding decision T 713/02 (PDF, 36 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 293)

12.4.2006
Processing of documents filed by fax with the EPO at The Hague (PDF, 40 KB) 
(OJ EPO 2006, 373)

8.2.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning limitation of the EPO’s competence as a PCT authority (PDF, 45 KB) 
(OJ EPO 2006, 149)

6.2.2006
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 27 January 2006 concerning deposit of the fifteenth instrument of ratification of the EPC Revision Act (PDF, 56 KB)
(OJ EPO 2006, 138)

2005

1.7.2005
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 July 2005 concerning new Rule 44a EPC (introduction of the extended European search report), amendments to Articles 2 and 10 RFees and reduction of the search fee for supplementary European search reports under Article 157(3)(b) EPC (PDF, 77 KB)
(OJ EPO 2005, 435)

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