The EPO newsletter contains news and information on European patent law and procedure, patent information and searching, and other EPO services. Written for patent professionals, it also has details of key EPO events and training opportunities, along with links to more information on the EPO website and/or related sites.
The newsletter has four sections. There is a general part which is sent to all subscribers, plus three optional sections covering applying for a patent, searching for patents, and law & practice. This means you can select the areas of most interest to you.
Searching for patents
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Select this category if you want to be kept updated on practical issues to do with the filing and grant procedures, including information on regulation changes, forms and fees.
Law & practice
This section focuses on European patent law, including the case law of the EPO boards of appeals. It also covers legislative initiatives such as the unitary patent.
Learning & events
Sign up for this section for information on conferences and training opportunities, as well as the European qualifying examination (EQE) and e-learning modules.
This is the option to choose for updates and information on the EPO's online services, including Online Filing, Online Fee Payment and the European Patent Register, as well as our online services user training days.
The EPO newsletter is issued once every two weeks, on Thursdays. Very occasionally, a special edition may be published to cover particularly important news.
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On 2 June 2011, the EPO Online Services newsletter was incorporated into the EPO newsletter as an additional section. The change was part of our ongoing efforts to provide as much information as possible in just one place - a process that started when the Online Services and main EPO websites were merged at the end of February.
Subscribers to the Online Services newsletter now automatically receive the section of the EPO newsletter containing articles on online services. If you would like to subscribe to additional topics, just click on the "update profile" link available in every newsletter.
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