On 26 June 2019, the new Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) of the European Patent Office were adopted. They will enter into force on 1 January 2020 and will apply to all pending and newly-filed appeals.
The amended RPBA will make it much more difficult to get new documents, lines of at-tack or defense and claim requests admitted into the appeal proceedings. Parties should be aware that the new Rules will therefore have significant impact on the management of both first instance and appeal examination and opposition proceedings. In addition, important elements of case management have been introduced in the new RPBA. This is intended to give the Boards of Appeal more flexibility in the allocation of cases and scheduling to counteract the backlog of appeal proceedings and to reduce the duration of proceedings.
In this CFUpdate and CFTalks seminar, we will introduce you to the changes in the RPBA and discuss their implications with a panel of experts. We are delighted that patent luminary Christopher Rennie-Smith, former chairman of a Board of Appeal and member of the drafting committee of the current RPBA, will present the impact of the new RPBA on appeal proceedings. To round things up, a highly experienced member of an in-house patent department will provide exclusive insight into the industry perspective and a former chairman of an Opposition Division will present the implications of the changes for the first instance proceedings. Attorneys from COHAUSZ & FLORACK with an intense and high stakes opposition and appeal practice will give the attorney perspective.
Please join us for this informative CFUpdate, in the aftermath of which you will be able to assess the implications for your own opposition and appeal cases and identify and take care of any “To Do’s” prior to the entry into force.