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Publications of the Boards of Appeal

Quality-focused decision making

This paper outlines the most important factors which contribute to the quality of appeal decisions, describes the most important elements which a Board should consider in its procedures and in the drafting of its written decisions, and discusses approaches for ensuring quality. 

Case Law of the Boards of Appeal

The most important decisions of the Boards of Appeal are summarised in the book "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal".

This publication provides a compendious overview of the jurisprudence of the Boards of Appeal. The revised and expanded 9th edition (July 2019) takes account of decisions made available in writing up to the end of December 2018, as well as particularly important ones from the first few months of 2019.

Official Journal Supplementary Publications

Between editions of the book "Case law of the Boards of Appeal", updates on important decisions of the Boards are issued as a "Case Law" supplementary publication to the Official Journal of the EPO.

EPO Boards of Appeal Case Law 2020 (Supplementary publication 2, Official Journal 2021)  

Information from the Boards of Appeal

This supplementary publication to the EPO Official Journal contains Rules of Procedure, the business distribution schemes of the Boards of Appeal, and further useful information on the Boards and the appeals procedures.

Case Law from the Contracting States to the EPC

This publication contains summaries of interesting patent decisions handed down by the courts of the contracting states to the EPC. The latest edition covers decisions rendered between 2014 and 2016.

Annual reports of the Boards of Appeal

The annual reports provide information and detailed statistics about the Boards of Appeal.