Amended Rule 71 and new Rule 71a EPC enter into force on 1 April 2012

On 1 April 2012, an amended Rule 71 and a new Rule 71a EPC enter into force. These EPC Rules are related to the  procedure to be followed after the Examining Division has informed the applicant of the text in which it intends to grant an European patent and are applied to all European patent applications in respect of which a communication under existing Rule 71(3) EPC has not yet been despatched by the date of entry into force of these provisions.

The decision of the administrative counsel of the European Patent Organisation with regard to the amendment of Rule 71 EPC and to the introduction of new Rule 71a EPC can be found here: