Communications from the Boards of Appeal 2020

19.10.2020
Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal – reassessment of the measures adopted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

In the light of the developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Boards of Appeal have reassessed some of their recently introduced measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings.

7.10.2020
List of cases for 2021 published

Article 1(2) RPBA 2020 provides that the President of the Boards of Appeal publishes, before the beginning of each working year, a list of cases for the coming year. The list of cases for 2021 has now been published on the Boards of Appeal website.

12.8.2020
Der Vorsitzende der Beschwerdekammer 3.5.04 Christian Kunzelmann ist verstorben

In stiller Trauer nehmen die Beschwerdekammern des Europäischen Patentamts Abschied von Christian Kunzelmann, dem Vorsitzenden der Beschwerdekammer 3.5.04, der am 31. Juli 2020 im Alter von 57 Jahren überraschend verstorben ist

29.7.2020
Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal – reassessment of the measures adopted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

In the light of the developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Boards of Appeal have reassessed some of their recently introduced measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings.

2.7.2020
Annual Report 2019 of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office

2019 was again a very successful year for the Boards of Appeal. From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019, production (i.e. settled cases) in the Boards of Appeal increased by 46%. Productivity (i.e. cases settled with action divided by technical member capacity) increased by 27.8%.

1.7.2020
Oral proceedings in case G 1/19 before the Enlarged Board of Appeal

The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal has scheduled public oral proceedings in case G 1/19 for 15 July 2020. Members of the media and the public will be able to live stream the proceedings over the internet.

20.5.2020
Case Law of the Boards of Appeal – links to selected decisions in the HTML version of the Case Law book

The Boards of Appeal are introducing a new service on their webpage: links to selected decisions are now being added to the HTML version of the Case Law book (9th edition, July 2019).

15.5.2020
Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal – restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and introduction of video-conferencing technology in appeal proceedings

The Boards of Appeal resume the holding of oral proceedings, to a limited extent, at their premises in Haar from Monday, 18 May 2020.

14.5.2020
Press Communiqué of 14 May 2020 concerning opinion G 3/19 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued opinion G 3/19 (Pepper) today and concluded that plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable.

6.5.2020
Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal – restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and introduction of video-conferencing technology in appeal proceedings

Oral proceedings will not be held at the premises of the Boards of Appeal up to and including 15 May 2020, with the exception of oral proceedings conducted by video-conferencing technology (VICO).

17.4.2020
No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal until 15 May 2020

Considering the pandemic spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Boards of Appeal is forced to restrict its judicial activities.

1.4.2020
No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal until 30 April 2020

Considering the pandemic spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Boards of Appeal is forced to restrict its judicial activities.

20.3.2020
No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal until 17 April 2020

Oral proceedings will not be held in the premises of the Boards of Appeal until 17 April 2020.

15.3.2020
No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal 16-27 March 2020

Oral proceedings will not be held in the premises of the Boards of Appeal from 16 March 2020 until 27 March 2020. Concerned parties will be contacted accordingly with a communication.

13.3.2020
Coronavirus

21.2.2020
Selected decisions of the Boards of Appeal

The Boards of Appeal are introducing a new service on their website: Selected decisions.

17.1.2020
Decision in case T 844/18 on the CRISPR gene editing technology

The Board of Appeal in case T 844/18 dismissed the patent proprietor’s appeal and thus confirmed the revocation of the patent.

16.1.2020
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal – G 4/19

The Board in case T 318/14 has referred points of law concerning the issue of double patenting to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

7.1.2020
Informing the Boards of Appeal if interpreters are no longer needed in oral proceedings

The Boards of Appeal would like to ask all parties to its proceedings to consider at every stage of the appeal proceedings whether interpreters are actually needed for oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal.

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