Update on European Patent Office Rules, effective April 1, 2010

New: deadline for filing divisional patent applications: 2 years from
the first relevant office action.

New: restrictions on the number of independent claims, which will
be searched.

New: deadline of 2 months for response to unity objections.

New: applicant has to file a response to the written search opinion
of the EPO.


table of updates & practical consequences...