The EPC 2000
or European Patent Convention 2000
is the version of the European Patent Convention
(EPC) as revised by the Act Revising the Convention on the Grant of European Patents
signed in Munich
on November 29, 2000. On June 28, 2001, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation
adopted the final new text of the EPC 2000. The EPC 2000 entered into force on December 13, 2007.European Patent Office
(EPO) web site, , item 2. Consulted on October 31, 2007.
The EPC 2000 does not introduce any major changes in substantive patent law,EPO, , Patent Information News
, Issue 1, 2007, page 1. except changes concerning novelty
, industrial applicability
and priority rights
. The EPC 2000 is however a comprehensive revision
A diplomatic conference was held from 20 November to 29 November 2000 in Munich to revise the Convention on the Grant of European Patents of 5 October 1973, amongst other things to integrate in the EPC new developments in international law
, especially those of the Agreement on Trade-Related......