The changes to the procedure for filing sequence listings 1 which took effect on 1 June 2011 have prompted an update of the request for grant form (EPA/EPO/OEB 1001). The new version can now be downloaded from the EPO website. Copies of the previous version can however be used up without legal prejudice to the applicant.
The change to the 01.11 2 version is that, as applicants no longer have to file sequence listings on paper, the identity statement now appearing in section 38.4 is required only if they are choosing to file them on paper as well.
The notes on Form 1001 and on the form for entry into the European phase (EPA/EPO/OEB 1200) have also been updated accordingly.
1. Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 28 April 2011 on the filing of sequence listings, OJ EPO 2011, 372, and the notice from the European Patent Office, also dated 28 April 2011, on the same subject, OJ EPO 2011, 376.
2. OJ EPO 2010, 646.