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Last year, the Tegernsee Experts Group was mandated to carry out a user consultation on substantive patent law harmonisation on the basis of four technical fact-finding studies previously undertaken by the Group on (1) the grace period, (2) 18-month publication, (3) treatment of conflicting applications and (4) prior user rights. This consultation comprised both a joint questionnaire allowing comparable data to be gathered across jurisdictions, and round-tables or hearings of users in each jurisdiction.
The delegation reports on the Tegernsee User Consultations were duly approved by the Tegernsee Heads of Office at their fourth meeting held on 24 September 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Report on the EPO Tegernsee User Consultation is now available.
The Tegernsee Experts Group has been mandated to conduct a joint factual summary analysing the results of the individual office reports including commonalities and differences in user views and to present the summary for approval to the next meeting of the Tegernsee Heads, to be called in the spring of 2014 in Europe.