13th September, 2017
FICPI recently became aware of a likely change in practice for the transfer of representation from one European Patent Attorney to another. In particular, when a European Patent Attorney withdraws and points to another representative, the EPO will wait for confirmation from the new European Patent Attorney before updating the Register. We expect to hear more about these changes to the established approach from the EPO in due course, and will keep our members updated.
However, we advise all EPO representatives to carefully check files where they have taken over representation in the last few months to ascertain they have been entered on the Register correctly as there have been some instances where this has not occurred.
FICPI members are invited to contact Antonio Pizzoli or Robert Watson for more information.