Recent legal changes
If you want to be up to date with the most recent changes in patent law, have a look at the following modules, which explain various new rules and amendments to rules that have entered into force.
Reinoud Hesper, Lawyer in Directorate Patent Law at the European Patent Office, presents amended Rule 164 EPC which entered into force on 1 November 2014.
Heli Pihlajamaa, Director of Patent Law at the European Patent Office, has spoken in a live webinar session on the new rules for filing of divisional applications which enter into force on 1 April 2014. Participants had the possibility to put their questions after the presentation.
Filing typed amendments during Oral Proceedings During oral proceedings, parties often file amendments to patent applications or specifications. As of 1 January 2014 (see OJ EPO 2013, 603), these amendments must be in typed form. Handwritten amendments are no longer accepted.
This tutorial helps you in fulfiling the requirements, indicating how to obtain the electronically editable versions and how to print documents when at the EPO facilities.
On 1 July 2016, the EPO introduced a streamlined opposition procedure that simplifies opposition proceedings and deliver decisions faster, while giving parties more time to react to summons and prepare for oral proceedings.
In doing so, the EPO expects to cut the overall duration of straightforward opposition cases from anywhere between 19 and 27 months to just 15 months.