On 9 February 2018, CIPA was invited to attend an EPO consultation in Rijswijk to discuss a proposal for postponed examination. CIPA President Stephen Jones and Patents Committee member Laurence Lai attended the talks and report back on the current version of the EPO’s plans, as well as CIPA’s input to the consultation.
The proposal would allow the start of examination to be postponed by up to three years, and could particularly benefit applicants in industries with long product development cycles such as in pharmaceuticals.
The EPO’s plans to bring the proposal into force on 1 July 2018 havebeen put on hold pending further review in response to feedback from the consultation.
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