EPO decisions and notices

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Receiving Office

Notice from the EPO dated 18 January 2018 concerning the safeguards available under the EPC and the PCT in case of unavailability of means of electronic communication  (OJ EPO 2018, A25)  view
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 30 January 2018 concerning changes to the filing options available in Belgium for European patent applications and international applications (OJ EPO 2018, A17) view
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 8 March 2017 concerning the processing by the EPO as International Searching Authority of informal comments on earlier search results ("PCT Direct") (OJ EPO 2017, A21) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 4 September 2014 concerning the use of an address for correspondence in proceedings before the EPO by persons acting without a professional representative or agent  (OJ EPO 2014, A99) View
Notice from the European Patent Office concerning the requirements to be observed when filing an international application with the EPO as PCT receiving Office  (OJ EPO 2014, A33) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 2 November 2010 concerning the revised procedure for acknowledging receipt of international applications filed in paper form   (OJ EPO 2010, 642) PDF
Notice from the President of the EPO dated 7.11.2006 concerning the termination of PCT-EASY filings with the European Patent Office as receiving Office under the PCT as from 1.4.2007  (OJ EPO 2007, 58) PDF

Receiving Office: Means of filing

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 19 June 2017 concerning the EPO Online Filing software to be used for the electronic filing of documents (OJ EPO 2017, A59) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 12 December 2016 concerning the use of smart cards by persons not resident in an EPC contracting state  (OJ EPO 2017, A4) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 23 September 2016 concerning the online filing of subsequently filed documents under the PCT, including the demand under PCT Chapter II  (OJ EPO 2016, A78) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 8 March 2016 concerning amendment of the signature requirements in online filing  (OJ EPO 2016, A21) View
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 11 March 2015 concerning the pilot project to introduce new means of electronic communication in EPO proceedings  (OJ EPO 2015, A28) View
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 11 March 2015 concerning the filing of documents using the EPO case management system  (OJ EPO 2015, A27) View
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 24 October 2014 concerning the filing of international applications with the EPO acting as receiving Office using ePCT-Filing   (OJ EPO 2014, A107) View
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 10 September 2014 concerning the filing of documents using the EPO web-form filing service (OJ EPO 2014, A98) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 17 April 2014 concerning the online filing of subsequently filed documents under the PCT  (OJ EPO 2014, A50) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 December 2011 concerning EPO online services  (OJ EPO 2012, 22) PDF
Decision of the President of the EPO dated 26.2.2009 concerning the electronic filing of documents   (OJ EPO 2009, 182) PDF

Receiving Office: Means of payment

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 August 2017 concerning the payment of fees by credit card (OJ EPO 2017, A73) View
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 22 August 2017 concerning the payment of fees by credit card  (OJ EPO 2017, A72) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 6 June 2017 concerning the addition of a validation functionality to Online Fee Payment  (OJ EPO 2017, A45) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 18 June 2015 concerning abrogation of the transitional procedure for filing automatic debit orders with the EPO as receiving Office to pay fees in PCT proceedings   (OJ EPO 2015, A53) View

Representation

Notice from the EPO dated 2.3.2010 concerning the waiver of power of attorney under Rule 90.4(d) and Rule 90.5(c) PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 335) PDF

Language

J 8/07 - 3.1.01 - Language of the proceedings/MERIAL
"Language of the proceedings - choice of language when a PCT application enters the regional phase - use by the EPO in written proceedings of an official language other than that of the proceedings"
(OJ EPO 2009, 216) PDF
Notice from the President of the EPO dated 18.6.1993 concerning the language of correspondence with the EPO as an International Authority under the PCT  (OJ EPO 1993, 540) PDF

Time limits and official holidays

Notice from the President of the European Patent Office dated 7 November 2017 concerning the days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2018 (OJ EPO 2017, A97) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 3 December 2012 on calculation of the time limit under Rule 36(1) EPC (OJ EPO 2013, 16) PDF
Notice from the President of the EPO dated 6.8.2009 concerning extension of time limits  (OJ EPO 2012, 492) PDF

Priority

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 9 August 2012 on the filing of priority documents (OJ EPO 2012, 492) PDF

Unity

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 9 June 2015 providing for review panels for the implementation of the protest and review procedures under the PCT (OJ EPO 2015, A59) View
Notice from the EPO dated 24.3.2010 concerning the protest and review procedures under the PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 322) PDF

Sequence listings and biological material

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 18 October 2013 concerning the filing of sequence listings (OJ EPO 2013, 542) PDF
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 28 April 2011 on the filing of sequence listings (OJ EPO 2011, 372) PDF
Notice from the EPO dated 7.7.2010 concerning inventions which involve the use of or concern biological material (OJ EPO 2010, 498) PDF

Chapter I: International Search

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 24 August 2017 concerning the updating of the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority (PCT-EPO Guidelines)  (OJ EPO 2017, A76)  view
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 5 December 2017 concerning the programme on search strategies (OJ EPO 2017, A106) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 3 March 2017 concerning issuing a provisional opinion accompanying the partial search results (OJ EPO 2017, A20) View
Withdrawal of limitation of competence (as of 1 January 2015)    PDF
 Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 March 2011 concerning informal clarification by the EPO acting as ISA (OJ EPO 2011, 327) PDF

Supplementary International Search and international-type searches

Notice from the EPO dated 24.3.2010 concerning the carrying out of Supplementary International Searches under the PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 316) PDF
Decision of the President of the EPO dated 25.3.1999 concerning the carrying out of international-type searches and the setting of a new fee for such searches (OJ EPO 1999, 300) PDF

Chapter II: International Preliminary Examination

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 June 2014 concerning the online filing of the demand under PCT Chapter II (OJ EPO 2014, A71) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 12 May 2014 concerning the introduction of a "top-up" search in the procedure under Chapter II PCT (OJ EPO 2014, A57) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 31 August 2010 concerning the issuance of a second written opinion in the procedure under Chapter II PCT (OJ EPO 2011, 532) PDF

Entry into the European phase

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 June 2014 concerning amended Rules 164 and 135 EPC (OJ EPO 2014, A70) View
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 21 February 2013 concerning the request for early processing (OJ EPO 2013, 156) PDF
Decision of the Administrative Council of 28.10.2009 dispensing with the supplementary European search where the international search report or a supplementary international search report was drawn up by the EPO (OJ EPO 2009, 594) PDF

PCT-PPH programme

Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore based on PCT and national work products (OJ EPO 2017, A110) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property based on PCT and national work products (OJ EPO 2017, A109) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Israel Patent Office based on PCT and national work products (OJ EPO 2017, A108) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office based on PCT and national work products  (OJ EPO 2017, A107) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil based on national work products  (OJ EPO 2017, A96) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Eurasian Patent Office based on PCT and national work products  (OJ EPO 2017, A77) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia based on PCT and national work products   (OJ EPO 2017, A67) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines based on PCT and national work products  (OJ EPO 2017, A47) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property based on PCT and national work products   (OJ EPO 2017, A5) View
 Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the IP5 Offices based on PCT and national work products (OJ EPO 2016, A106) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce of Colombia based on PCT and national work products  (OJ EPO 2016, A75) View
Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the European Patent Office and IP Australia based on PCT and national work products  (OJ EPO 2016, A54) View
Request for participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme  (OJ EPO 2016, A44) View

Other

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 14 February 2018 concerning online file inspection of documents contained in the file held by the EPO as receiving Office, International Searching Authority or Authority specified for supplementary search   (OJ EPO 2018, A14) View
Warning - beware of approaches and requests for payment from firms purporting to publish and/or register European or international patent applications and European patents (OJ EPO 2017, A37) View
Modification of kind of publication codes (OJ EPO 2008, 504) PDF
Notice from the EPO dated 7.11.2007 concerning the withdrawal of reservations under the PCT (OJ EPO 2007, 692) PDF

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