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13 June 2016
The EPO is introducing a streamlined opposition procedure that will simplify opposition proceedings and deliver decisions faster, while giving parties more time to react to summons and prepare for oral proceedings.
Under the streamlined procedure, which comes into effect on 1 July 2016, the EPO expects to cut the overall duration of straightforward opposition cases from anywhere between 19 and 27 months to just 15 months.
The changes, which come as part of the EPO's Early Certainty initiative, have been summarised in a new video from the European Patent Academy.