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New rules of procedure for EPO Boards of Appeal – amending claims in appeal

Since 1 January 2020 the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO have become stricter. This has serious consequences for the timing of sending requests for amendments in pending patent applications or granted patents in opposition.

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New rules of Procedure of Boards of Appeal of European Patent Office

By Hans Hutter

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Since 1 January 2020 the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) have become more strict. This has serious consequences for the timing of sending requests for amendments in pending patent applications or granted patents in opposition.