Texts relating to appeal proceedings

The appeals procedure is governed by the European Patent Convention, Part VI:

Part VI of the EPC: Article 106 et seq EPC

Part VI of the Implementing Regulations: Rules 97 et seq.

It is further governed by the Rules of Procedure:

Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal - OJ 2024, A15

RPBA 2020 with explanatory remarks - OJ Suppl. 2/2020 

Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA 2007) - OJ 11/2007, 536

Rules of Procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

Additional Rules of Procedure of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office  

The texts of these Rules, the business distribution schemes of the Boards and other information on the Boards and the appeals procedures are contained in the annual supplementary publication to the EPO Official Journal "Information from the Boards of Appeal". It is published as the first supplementary publication of each year.

EPO Official Journal

Publication: Case Law of the Boards of Appeal

Important decisions concerning the appeals procedure are summarised in the publication "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal" (see chapter V.).

Oral proceedings

You can consult the schedule of oral proceedings in the online calendar of oral proceeding

Information for appellants and other parties

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