Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 31 May 2012 concerning the cancellation of Legal Advice from the EPO

The President of the European Patent Office,

Having regard to Article 10(2)(a) EPC and to the preface to Special edition 3, OJ EPO 2007,

Considering that issues dealt with in Legal Advice from the EPO which are still relevant have been incorporated into the revised Guidelines for Examination 2012,

Has decided as follows:

Article 1

Cancellation of Legal Advice

All Legal Advice notices shall be cancelled. Particular reference is made to:

- No. 4/80 (OJ EPO 1980, 48 - no longer relevant)

- No. 8/80 (OJ EPO 1981, 6 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 11/82 (OJ EPO 1982, 57 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 13/82 (OJ EPO 1982, 196 - no longer relevant)

- No. 3/85 rev. (OJ EPO 1985, 347 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 16/85 (OJ EPO 1985, 141 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 17/90 (OJ EPO 1990, 260 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 6/91 rev. (OJ EPO 1991, 573 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 10/92 rev. (OJ EPO 1992, 662 - no longer relevant)

- No. 5/93 rev. (OJ EPO 1993, 229 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 19/99 (OJ EPO 1999, 296 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

- No. 15/05 rev. 2 (OJ EPO 2005, 357 - incorporated into the Guidelines for Examination)

Article 2

Entry into force

This decision shall enter into force on 20 June 2012.

Done at Munich, 31 May 2012

Benoît BATTISTELLI

President

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