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Publications of the Boards of Appeal

Case Law of the Boards of Appeal

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

This publication provides a compendious overview of the case law of the Boards of Appeal. The revised and expanded 10th edition (July 2022) takes into account decisions issued in writing up to the end of 2021, as well as particularly important ones from the first few months of 2022. It includes summaries of six additional decisions or opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal as well as extensive coverage of case law on the application of the revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA 2020).

Supplementary Case Law Publications

Between editions of the "Case law of the Boards of Appeal" publications, summaries on important decisions of the Boards are issued as standalone compendia.

EPO Boards of Appeal Case Law 2022 - summaries of decisions in the language of the proceedings

Annual reports of the Boards of Appeal

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

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.

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 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.