The oral proceedings in case G 2/21 (“plausibility”) before the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal will be held on 24 November 2022. The public and members of the media will be able to follow the proceedings online via live stream.
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 2023 has now been published on the Boards of Appeal website.
The tenth edition of the "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO" provides a comprehensive overview of this case law. It contains summaries of or references to almost 8 000 decisions which were issued in writing in the period up to the end of 2021 and the most important cases from the beginning of 2022.
In the light of the developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Boards of Appeal have revised some of the measures regulating the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings.
The Legal Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued the written reasons for its decision in case J 8/20 confirming the refusal of an application in which an artificial intelligence system called DABUS had been designated as inventor in the application form.
Last year was again shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Boards of Appeal adapted their working methods to ensure access to justice while at the same time contributing to the containment of the pandemic.
New Case Law publication containing summaries of decisions in the language of the proceedings now published
Under Art. 112(1)(a) EPC, a Board of Appeal refers a question to the Enlarged Board of Appeal if it considers that a decision is required, in order to ensure uniform application of the law or if a point of law of fundamental importance arises.
A new Code of Conduct for the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office will enter into force on 1 July 2022. The new Code of Conduct contains standards for judicial conduct concerning, in particular, independence, integrity, impartiality, loyalty, diligence and discretion and building on best practices and recommendations at national and international level
President of the Boards of Appeal congratulates for arriving at this major milestone