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The EPC 2000 is the first major revision of the European Patent Convention in over 30 years
It brings with it important new provisions for post-grant limitation and judicial review of Board of Appeal decisions. It also imports many minor revisions to the detailed procedures for obtaining and maintaining European patents.
These include the liberalisation of the minimum requirements for obtaining a filing date, changes to the EPO language regime and the extension of the scope of further processing under Article 121 and re-establishment of rights under Article 122. Many procedural provisions have also been transferred from the EPC into the Implementing Regulations, which have been re-numbered.
Fully updated to account for the 2009 rule changes, this 3rd edition of A Guide to the EPC 2000 contains an extensively annotated and cross-referenced copy of the revised Convention and Implementating Regulations, as well as the Rules Relating to Fees. Articles and the most relavant rules are printed together to enable them to be read in context.
This convenient guide, written by Nicholas Fox and published by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, aims to help practitioners find their way around the new law. It contains an extensively annotated and cross-referenced copy of the revised Convention and Implementing Regulations, as well as the Rules Relating to Fees, the Protocol on Jurisdiction and the London Agreement. Articles and their most relevant rules are printed together to enable them to be read in context. Practical commentaries highlight the major changes, illustrating how the articles and rules interact in practice.
Nicholas Fox is a patent attorney at Berseford & Co.,London.