Completed consultations

The following papers have been presented for consultation:

EPC and PCT Guidelines

Consultation

Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office and the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority

Date of consultation

1.3.2021 - 12.4.2021

Amendment to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA 2020)

Consultation

Insertion of new Article 15a (oral proceedings by videoconference)

The Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal were last revised in 2019 and the revised version (RPBA 2020) came into force on 1 January 2020. It is now proposed that the RPBA 2020 are amended by the insertion of new Article 15a clarifying that the Boards of Appeal may hold oral proceedings pursuant to Article 116 EPC by videoconference.

Date of consultation

13.11.2020 - 27.11.2020

Summary of responses received


EPC and PCT Guidelines

Consultation

Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office and the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority

Date of consultation

2.3.2020 - 15.4.2020

Contributions

All the contributions were discussed with user representatives at three meetings of the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines (SACEPO WPG):

EPO's Strategic Plan 2023

Consultation

Public consultation on the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023

Date of consultation

23.1.2019 - 15.3.2019 and 18.4.2019 - 10.5.2019

Summary of responses received

Increased flexibility in the timing of the examination process

Consultation

User consultation on increased flexibility in the timing of the examination process – introduction of a postponed examination system

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Date of consultation

19.11.2018 - 11.1.2019

Summary of responses received

Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

Consultation

Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

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Date of consultation

5.2.2018 - 30.4.2018

Summary of responses received

Sequence listings - proposed ST.26 standard

Consultation

Sequence listings - proposed ST.26 standard

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Date of consultation

12.12.2016 - 15.1.2017

Summary of responses received

Unitary Patent DEMO plug-in for Online Filing version 5.09

Consultation

Unitary Patent DEMO plug-in for Online Filing version 5.09

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Date of consultation

18.5.2016 – 31.7.2016

Boards of appeal

Consultation

Boards of appeal

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Date of consultation

30.4.2015 - 30.6.2015

Summary of responses received

Case Law book

Consultation

Case Law book

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Date of consultation

1.10.2013 - 3.4.2014

Summary of responses received

Divisional applications (Rule 36 EPC)

Consultation

Divisional applications (Rule 36 EPC)

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Date of consultation

4.3.2013 - 5.4.2013

Online Official Journal

Consultation

Online Official Journal

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Date of consultation

4.2.2013 - 22.3.2013

Revision of rule 164 EPC

Consultation

Revision of rule 164 EPC

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Date of consultation

15.1.2013 - 25.2.2013

Substantive Patent Law Harmonization

Consultation

Substantive Patent Law Harmonization

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Date of consultation

10.1.2013 - 1.3.2013

Amendment of Rule 53(3) EPC

Consultation

Amendment of Rule 53(3) EPC

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Date of consultation

15.12.2011 - 20.1.2012

Summary of responses received

Sequence listings - proposed ST.26 standard

Consultation

Sequence listings - proposed ST.26 standard

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Date of consultation

24.5.2012 - 17.8.2012

Summary of responses received

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PCT matters

Consultation

PCT matters

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Date of consultation

8.10.2012 - 23.11.2012

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