More EPO Activity

There are some changes regarding international supplementary searches, fees and foreign searches for priority applications coming into force 2010/2011 you may like to be aware of:

International Supplementary Searches:
http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/20091106.html?update=law
– fee for an international supplementary search from 1 July 2010.

R.161 is amended yet again before even coming into force:
http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/2009109c.html?update=law
– now refers to international supplementary searches performed by the EPO; in force 1 April 2010.

http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/20091106c.html?update=law
– refund for international supplementary search based on Nordic etc. search; in force 1 July 2010.

http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/20091106b.html?update=law
– need for a supplementary European search dispensed with under A.153(7) where EPO has performed international supplementary search; in force from 1 July 2010.

Fee Changes:
http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/20091109b.html?update=law
-appear to be simply increases in all fees from 1 April 2010.

Compulsory supply of search results for priority applications (R.141):
http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/journal/decisions/archive/20091109.html?update=law
– R.70b sets a two month period in which to supply on invitation from the EPO; in force 1 Jan 2011.

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