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Legislative initiatives

Legislative initiatives (JPG)

An introduction to legal changes under discussion in Europe and their implications for the EPO.

EU Patent

The EU patent is a major reform package currently being discussed within the European Union. It would create a unitary patent valid in all EU member states.

Autonomy of the boards of appeal

A proposal to revise the EPC to give greater organisational autonomy to the EPO's boards of appeal. The boards would become a new EPO organ called the "European Court of Patent Appeals" and fulfilling the judicial functions provided for in the EPC.

European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA)

The EPLA is a voluntary agreement still to be ratified by EPO member states. It aims to establish a European Patent Court operating within an integrated judicial system including uniform rules of procedure and a common appeal court.