The structural reform of the BoA is very important to the status of the European patent system as a whole. In our view, it deserves wider debate and consultation than it has received so far, especially amongst users and practitioners.
Moreover, the questions in the five categories
of the Office’s online consultation focused mainly on efficiency and procedure, but not the structural setting of the BoA or the users’ views on the effect of the structure on the perceived independence of the BoA, which was the decisive point in decision R 19/12 and the trigger for the proposal in CA/16/15 to reform the BoA within the limits of the EPC.
We therefore hope that any interested parties will participate in this interactive online questionnaire that explores the effects of the reforms on independence and accountability. It is designed to complement the Presidium/AMBA proposal, which is our response to the Office's proposal CA/16/15. In a position paper, the epi has also responded with its own proposal.
The proposals contain quite a lot of data and information, but more may be needed to really understand all the issues involved. This is not readily available to the public in one place, so we have tried to provide it in sections beside the questions. Each aspect is in a dropdown box, which can be made visible by clicking on the relevant line.
In the questionnaire, we preserve the categories used in the Office’s online consultation document (A – Independence, B – Efficiency, C – Procedure, D – BoAC, E – Petitions for Review).
You will need to register for the AMBA website in order to submit the questionnaire.
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