The revision of the Articles of the EPC by the Conference of the Contracting States held in November 2000 entailed a complete overhaul of the EPC Implementing Regulations. This overhaul has been carried out in two stages:
- In the wake of the November 2000 Conference, new Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000 were adopted by the Administrative Council on 12.12.2002*
See Special edition n° 1 of the OJ EPO 2003, pages 74-158
- Considering that amendments of the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000 were necessary and useful in the light of more recent developments, the Administrative Council amended the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000 on 7.12.2006**
** See Special edition n° 1 of the OJ EPO 2007, pages 103-195
This latter version of the Implementing Regulations is the one which enters into force together with the EPC 2000, on 13.12.2007.
The present publication compares the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 1973 with the Implementing Regulations to the EPC 2000, giving an overview of the extent of the changes.
In addition, consolidated explanatory remarks have been included. They are based on the following documents which date from the years 2002 and 2006 respectively:
CA/PL 5/02 Rev. 1 Add. 1; CA/PL PV 19
CA/PL 11/06, CA/PL 17/06, CA/PL 29/06 Add. 1; CA/PL PV 29, CA/PL PV 30, CA/PL PV 31
The above documents are available on-line at
The two-stage revision process of the Rules (2002 and 2006) has of necessity entailed some redundancy in the explanatory remarks. For the present purpose, the explanatory remarks have been shortened and cautiously updated, especially in the instances where changes made in 2002 were undone or otherwise adapted in 2006.