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EPO ends non-core search work

Emma Barraclough, London

Patent applicants who want to pay for searches for prior art, novelty, invalidity, infringement and freedom to operate will no longer be able to hire the services of European Patent Office officials from the start of next month

As part of plans to create a European Patent Network (EPN), the EPO’s Administrative Council has decided that standard and special searches now performed by the EPO should be provided by national offices. The Council is made up of representatives...

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