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Decision regarding partial priorities issued by EPO

February - 2017

Decision G1/15 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal regarding partial priorities was just issued by EPO.

According to this decision, a generic OR claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at least implicitly, and unambiguously disclosed in the priority document(s).

All proceedings before EPO examining and opposition divisions in which the decision was depending entirely on the outcome of this decision G1/15 (see stay of proceedings dated 02/10/2015) now resume.
See EPO communication