Description of board of appeal activities and summary of the case law developed in 2012 and 2013.
The first part of this special edition de- scribes board of appeal activities and gives various statistics. The second part summarises decisions of the boards issued in 2012 and 2013, as well as a number of important decisions from the first quarter of 2014. It should be noted that, for the sake of completeness, the present selection also includes the most significant decisions from 2012 and early 2013 that were already reported in the seventh edition of the "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office", published in September 2013. 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, how-ever 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).