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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2017|
- European patent convention
- renewal fees
- patent application