Communications des Chambres de recours de l'Office européen des brevets

2019

10.10.2019
Publication de la liste des affaires pour 2020

The list shows for each Board the cases in which the Board is likely to hold oral proceedings, issue a communication under Rule 100, paragraph 2, EPC, or issue a decision in written proceedings.

1.10.2019
Business Distribution Scheme as of 1 October 2019

The Boards of Appeal are well on track to meet their objective of settling 90% of cases within 30 months of receipt and reducing the number of pending cases to below 7000 by 2023.

27.9.2019
La Grande Chambre de recours de l'OEB publie l'exposé complet des motifs de sa décision G 2/19 concernant le droit à une procédure orale et la tenue de procédures orales devant les chambres de recours sur leur site de Haar

Dans l'affaire G 2/19, qui porte sur des questions ayant trait au droit à une procédure orale, la Grande Chambre de recours de l'OEB a prononcé sa décision à la fin de la procédure orale, qui a eu lieu le 16 juillet 2019.

3.9.2019
La neuvième édition remaniée de la "Jurisprudence des Chambres de recours de l’OEB" est maintenant disponible en ligne.

Sie enthält Zusammenfassungen oder Verweise auf fast 7 000 Entscheidungen, die bis Ende 2018 schriftlich erlassen wurden.

18.7.2019
Avis G 1/18 sur la distinction à apporter entre un recours réputé non formé et un recours irrecevable, et ses conséquences.

La Grande Chambre de recours a rendu aujourd'hui l’avis G 1/18 sur la distinction à apporter entre un recours réputé non formé et un recours irrecevable, et ses conséquences.

17.7.2019
Decision in case G 2/19

Yesterday the Enlarged Board of Appeal announced its decision in case G 2/19 at the conclusion of the oral proceedings.

4.7.2019
Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal - in force from 1 January 2020

The revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) were adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee on 4 April 2019 and were unanimously approved by the Administrative Council at its 160th meeting on 26 and 27 June 2019. They will come into force on 1 January 2020, and are therefore referenced below as “RPBA 2020”.

9.5.2019
Oral proceedings in case G 2/19

The Enlarged Board of Appeal has summoned the parties in case G 2/19, “Recht auf mündliche Verhandlung bei ersichtlich unzulässiger Beschwerde und rechtliches Gehör am richtigen Ort”, to oral proceedings on 16 July 2019 in the Isar building

2.5.2019
Judicial internships at the Boards of Appeal

The Boards of Appeal offer a limited number of internship places for national judges of the EPC contracting states. For details of the programme see...

30.4.2019
Le rapport annuel 2018 des chambres de recours est publié aujourd'hui

Les chambres de recours ont de nouveau amélioré leurs performances en 2018. Du 1er janvier 2017 au 31 décembre 2018, le nombre de dossiers de recours techniques réglés a augmenté de 22,6 % et la productivité (c'est-à-dire le nombre de dossiers de recours réglés par une action divisé par la capacité des membres techniciens) de 18 %.

5.2.2019
Written decision in case T 1063/18 on the patentability of plants issued

Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04, in an enlarged composition consisting of three technically and two legally qualified members, decided that Rule 28(2) EPC was in conflict with Article 53(b) EPC as interpreted by the Enlarged Board of Appeal in decisions G 2/12 and G 2/13.

24.1.2019
Filing notice of appeal on paper: new form available

A new form (EPO Form 3002) has been created for parties choosing to file notice of appeal on paper. The form, which is optional, is designed to help parties avoid typical mistakes when filing the notice of appeal. In particular, it indicates the information to be provided so that the minimum requirements for the content of the notice of appeal under Rule 99(1) EPC are met.

2018

14.12.2018
Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal - Report on the user consultation conference in Munich on 5 December 2018

The aim of the revision of the RPBA is to improve the appeal procedure in terms of predictability, consistency, efficiency, legal security and duration.

29.10.2018
Revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

The revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) agreed upon by Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC) and the President of the Boards of Appeal is now available in English

15.10.2018
Communication de la Grande Chambre de recours concernant la procédure G 1/18

Conformément à l'article 112(1)b) CBE, le Président de l'Office européen des brevets a soumis à la Grande Chambre de recours la question de droit suivante : Lorsque la formation d'un recours et/ou la taxe de paiement [ 1 ] ont lieu après l'expiration du délai de deux mois prévu à l'article 108 CBE, le recours est-il irrecevable ou réputé non formé, et la taxe de recours doit-elle être remboursée ?

11.10.2018
Oral proceedings in case T 1063/18 on 5 December 2018

The proceedings in case T 1063/18 concern the appeal of the patent applicant against the decision of an examining division to refuse the European patent application No. 12 756 468.0 (publication No. EP 2 753 168) for the sole reason that the claimed subject-matter falls within the exception to patentability according to Article 53(b) and Rule 28(2) EPC

9.10.2018
User consultation conference on the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

At the "User consultation conference", users of the system will have the opportunity to hear presentations and panel discussions on the revised public draft of the RPBA.

25.6.2018
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal – ref. No. G 1/18

The President of the European Patent Office has referred a point of law concerning the interpretation of Article 108 EPC to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

18.4.2018
Boards of Appeal Annual report 2017 is published today

The Boards of Appeal increased their performance in 2017. The number of technical cases settled increased by 2.5%, and the number of technical cases on which the Boards started work rose by 12.4% (in terms of first communications issued).

2017

18.12.2017
EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal clarifies standard for examining “undisclosed disclaimers”

The Enlarged Board of Appeal today issued decision G 1/16 on the allowability of undisclosed disclaimers introduced into a patent claim. The decision concerns three questions of law referred to the Enlarged Board, which constitutes the highest level of judicial authority at the EPO.

15.12.2017
Official inauguration of the new building for the Boards of Appeal

The new building for the Boards of Appeal Unit of the EPO in Haar, Munich, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

9.10.2017
Nouveau site Internet des chambres de recours de l'Office européen des brevets

Il permet d'accéder facilement à la base de données contenant les décisions de la Grande Chambre de recours, de la chambre de recours juridique et des chambres de recours techniques, ainsi qu'aux textes importants relatifs à la procédure de recours, tels que le règlement de procédure des chambres de recours (RPCR).

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