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Recent procedural changes concerning European and PCT applications - update July 2015

August 13, 2015

The epi has uploaded to its Intranet a document highlighting recent procedural changes concerning European and PCT applications. The document has been kindly provided by the EPO DG1 to the EPPC which, in turn, pleaded for making it available to all epi members through the epi website. The poster is designed to be printed on A0 size paper, but can be printed on smaller A sizes.


Online Services User Day in Zürich

August 06, 2015

Get an update on recent and future developments in the EPO's Online Services at the second User Day of 2015.


Partners in patents for 30 years

July 28, 2015

This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their bilateral cooperation. To mark this occasion, an international symposium is being organised in Lyon (FR), in partnership with the CCIR (chamber of commerce and industry for the Rhône-Alpes region).


Bank closure in Greece

July 23, 2015

The EPO has issued a Notice of the EPO President regarding the problems caused by the bank closure in Greece and the ban on cross-border payments. The Notice refers to Rule 134(5) EPC, which applies in case of an exceptional occurrence. A brief explanation can also be found in the FAQ section on the EPO website.


CJEU hands down its Decision on the Case C 170/13 Huawei/ZTE

July 20, 2015

On 16th July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its long awaited decision on the Case C-170/13 Huawei/ZTE, providing more guidance on the use of compulsory license defenses based on antitrust law to prevent patent holders from enforcing their Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs).

(Photo: Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union)