28 March 2014
The Select Committee of the Administrative Council held its seventh meeting in Munich on 26 March 2014. For the first time, observers from EPC Contracting States attended.
The Committee completed its second reading of the Draft Rules relating to Unitary Patent Protection. These draft Rules concern the procedures that will be applied by the EPO in carrying out the administrative tasks relating to the European patent with unitary effect.
The Committee adopted the rules relating to the compensation scheme for costs for translations of applications filed in an EU official language which is not one of the official languages of the EPO, the reimbursement of which is available to patent holders obtaining a European patent with unitary effect. However, the financial aspects of the compensation scheme, including the amount to be compensated, will be discussed at a later stage.
The Committee exchanged views on possible measures at Member States' level which could accompany the Unitary Patent Protection.
Lastly, the Committee also adopted its work programme for 2014.