Until now the European Patent Register, which is accessible via Register Plus, provides information on procedural actions taken by the EPO, applicant or opponent by citing a specific rule, e.g. "Rule 51(4)". In order to avoid confusion about the rule numbers, which have changed completely with EPC 2000, this practice has cease with the entrance into force of the revised Convention. Instead, the Register will use words to give the gist of the relevant rule, e.g. "Dispatch of communication of intention to grant".
Following a decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 12 July 2007, the European Patent Register will from now on include the following additional entries:
If the patent's period for opposition expires without an opposition being filed: "No opposition filed"
File inspection will remain essentially unchanged, except that documents relating to the new procedures will also be available, provided they are not excluded from file inspection (see Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, J.2. and J.3. for the relevant decisions of the President).
A publications will carry additional information in order to take account of new situations introduced into the pre-publication phase by EPC 2000 (e.g. "late filed" claims; request for re-establishment of rights in respect of the priority period).
There will be a new B publication (B3) for approved limitations of granted European patents.
The EPO has set up a special information service for enquiries relating to the EPC 2000 and the impact it will have. Please send your questions to email@example.com