Decision of the Administrative Council of 28 May 2020 temporarily suspending the application of Rule 51, paragraph 2, EPC with respect to the additional fee, as referred to in Article 2, paragraph 1, item 5, of the Rules relating to Fees (CA/D 6/20)
THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,
On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office,
Having regard to the opinion of the Budget and Finance Committee,
In view of the extraordinary global situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:
The additional fee for belated payment of a renewal fee for the European patent application (Rule 51, paragraph 2, EPC) referred to in Article 2, paragraph 1, item 5, of the Rules relating to Fees is waived as from the entry into force of this decision until 31 August 2020.
1. This decision will enter into force on 1 June 2020.
2. Article 1 of the present decision applies to European patent applications in respect of which a renewal fee pursuant to Article 86, paragraph 1, EPC falls due on or after 15 March 2020 and has not been paid on the due date.
Done at Munich, 28 May 2020
For the Administrative Council