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Finally, More Clarity from the Boards of Appeal of the EPO

Decision T 1882/12 relates to a problem that many patent practitioners have been encountering for a number of years. Rule 162 EPC along with the EPO’s Rules relating to Fees definitely discourage applicants from filing more claims than 15. Quite a few applicants have therefore been trying to circumvent the consequences of these rules on extra claims fees by pyramiding their claims – and were then faced with the practice of some EPO examiners to reject all claims with optional, preferred features from the outset, owing to an alleged contravention of the formal requirements of the EPC: