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UPC Agreement Ratification Process and Local or Regional Divisions, update 7 November 2016

November 08, 2016

Before the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) can enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 13 Member States, including Germany, France and the UK (Art 89(1) UPCA).


Obituary: Leo Ryckeboer

October 11, 2016

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing on 22nd September, 2016 of Leo Ryckeboer, former Vice-President of our Institute.


Seminars on "Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court" – register now!

September 29, 2016

The upcoming epi seminars on "Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court" are open for registration. You are kindly invited to register for seminars in Milan, Prague and Hamburg.


Cooperation meeting with the delegation of the PECC Tianjin of SIPO (Munich, 27th September 2016)

September 28, 2016

epi's Vice President, Ms Gabriele Leissler-Gerstl, hosted a 6-headed delegation of the PECC Tianjin of SIPO (Patent Examination Cooperation Center of the Chinese Patent Office).


Fraud Warning

September 22, 2016

We have been kindly notified by some of our members about a fraudulent practice. A company under the name “BTK Ltd.” sends letters to professional representatives threatening to file an opposition against a client’s patent unless a certain amount of money is transferred to the indicated bank account. Please be careful in this respect and feel free to inform us if you receive any similar correspondence