Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal for the User consultation conference on 5 December 2018

[from EPO Board of Appeal webpage at link news message and link conference; see also revised draft RPBA,

Revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal


The revised draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) agreed upon by Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC) and the President of the Boards of Appeal is now available in English.
This revised draft of the RPBA will provide the basis for the User consultation conference on 5 December 2018. At the conference, users of the European patent system will have the opportunity to hear presentations by members of the Boards of Appeal on the revised draft, followed by panel discussions by members of the Boards of Appeal Committee, the Boards of Appeal and representatives of user associations.

User consultation conference on the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

5 December 2018
Munich, Germany
RPBA conference poster
The revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) is a key measure for increasing the efficiency and predictability of appeal proceedings before the Boards of Appeal of the EPO.
The first public draft of the RPBA was subject to an online user consultation procedure. In light of the responses received, a second version was drafted, including newly introduced provisions on case management.
At the "User consultation conference", users of the system will have the opportunity to hear presentations and panel discussions by members of the Boards of Appeal Committee, the Boards of Appeal and representatives of user associations on the revised public draft of the RPBA.
Users are invited to attend the conference to discuss the proposed changes to the RPBA.

1 comment :

  1. Op 14 December, the Boards of Appeal posted a communication "Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal - Report on the user consultation conference in Munich on 5 December 2018"

    See: https://www.epo.org/law-practice/case-law-appeals/communications/2018/20181214.html

    The communication concludes with "Looking ahead, it is envisaged that the draft RPBA will be finalised and adopted by the BOAC in early 2019 and then presented to the Administrative Council for approval in the course of the year. In this way, the Rules of Procedure as amended may be expected to enter into force at the beginning of 2020."

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