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Contribute to EPO’s public consultation first draft of “Towards a new normal” orientation document

Public online user consultation on “Towards a new normal”

19 March 2021

The EPO is today launching a public consultation on the first draft of its "Towards a new normal" orientation document and invites all stakeholders to provide their input.

This orientation document is designed to complement the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023, which was adopted in 2019, before the current pandemic. The orientation document represents the EPO's current assessment of how the Office could develop, based on lessons learnt up to this moment in time.

The consultation will run until 16 April 2021 and you are invited to provide your input by completing the contribution template available below and sending it to

Together with input from EPO staff, your contributions will be assessed for inclusion in the final draft of the orientation document which the EPO intends to present to the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in June 2021, with a view to gradually implementing any new policies after that. More detailed proposals will follow where required, which take careful consideration of our obligations to our staff and our member states, and any related legal considerations.

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