At the 17th meeting of the SACEPO Working Party on Rules the European Patent Office (EPO) announced a modification to its examination procedure to permit deferred examination on applicant request. We have written about this to Ms Heli Pihlajamaa, Director of Patent Law at the EPO.
The IP Federation believes the EPO can expect more specific feedback from users and the public in response to a full public consultation and would welcome the proper decision-making process of the Administrative Council balancing all relevant interests in this important issue.
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