Recent EPC rule changes restrict filing of Divisional Applications

Attached is an article by Malcolm Lawrence of HLBBshaw, Epping, UK

1. Background

On 25th March 2009, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation issued decision CA/D 2/09 which introduces stricter requirements regarding the filing of divisional applications. These stricter requirements have apparently been introduced because the EPO considers that some Applicants have abused the divisional system.

To read the entire article see attached Recent EPC Rule Changes.pdf

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