Category Archives: European Patents

EP Search Rules Eased

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The EPO Administrative Council has decided to amend Rule 164 EPC, thereby lifting the bar on having additional searches carried out in the European regional phase when the EPO considers the application to lack unity of invention. The decision can … Continue reading

Restrictions on EP divisionals to be eased

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The EPO has today announced that the 24-month time limits for the filing of European divisional applications are to be repealed on 1 April 2014. Amendments to the European patent rules coming into force on that date will allow a … Continue reading