Amendment of Rule 51(2) EPC relating to the payment of renewal fees in the 6-month additional period and its consequences

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Effective 1 January 2017, the wording of Rule 51(2) EPC was amended to clarify when the deemed withdrawal of a European patent application ensues in case the renewal fee is not paid in due time. At the same time, the wording of the first sentence of Rule 51(2) EPC was also amended. However, the latter amendment may have undesired consequences. In this article, the situation is analysed and a proposal for repair is given.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-23
Number of pages4
JournalEPI Information
Issue number02
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • European patent convention
  • renewal fees
  • patent application

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