The European Patent Practice Committee (EPPC) met on 24 and 25 January. It was the first meeting of the Committee after the epi Council elected its members in the Council Meeting C83, held in Warsaw last 18th November, 2017.
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 154th meeting in Munich on 13 and 14 December 2017. During the meeting, it approved to amend the wording of Rule 51(1) EPC to allow payment of the third year renewal fee up to six months before its due date. This enables all applicants to pay this renewal fee on regular entry into the European phase.
The ICT group of EPPC met on 8 November 2017 the EPO directors in ICT field, and various matters pertaining to issues on eligibility and patentability of ICT applications have been collaboratively discussed.