OJ 2011 Case Law ID 34309

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EPO Board of Appeal Case Law
Description of board of appeal activities and summary of the case law developed in 2010.

The first part of the present case law report describes board of appeal activities and gives various statistics. The second part summarises the case law developed in 2010. Annexed to the report are the headnotes of decisions scheduled for publication in the Official Journal of the European Patent Office.

As in the past, the present report is intended to facilitate access, through its systematic approach, to the new developments in the boards' case law. The same proven format has been used: dividing the case law into topics, then illustrating each by short summaries of selected decisions. No summary, however careful, can replace study of the actual decision. All of the decisions can be consulted in full and free of charge on the EPO website (www.epo.org).

On 13 December 2007, the revised version of the European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) entered into force. In keeping with the citation style that has applied in Office publications since then, "EPC 1973" here refers to the version applicable before EPC 2000 came into force, while "EPC" on its own means EPC 2000.