17th December, 2018
The European Patent Office has launched an online user consultation to receive input on proposals relating to the timing of the examination process for European and Euro-PCT applications. These proposals include the possibility of deferring the start of the examination up to 7 years, in which case a European patent would be granted 10-15 years after the filing date. In 2010 FICPI already passed a resolution dealing with the issues of deferred examination.
Every FICPI member is encouraged to participate directly in this consultation.