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The autonomous authority within the Boards of Appeal Unit (the "Presidium of the Boards of Appeal") shall consist of the President of the Boards of Appeal, who shall act as chairman, and twelve members of the Boards of Appeal, six being Chairmen and six being other members.
adopt, without prejudice to regulations adopted in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 2(c), and Article 33, paragraph 2(b), a Code of Conduct for the members and Chairmen of the Boards of Appeal and of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, which shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Council;
Before the beginning of each working year, the Presidium, extended to include all Chairmen, shall allocate duties to the Boards of Appeal. In the same composition, it shall decide on conflicts regarding the allocation of duties between two or more Boards of Appeal. The extended Presidium shall designate the regular and alternate members of the various Boards of Appeal. Any member of a Board of Appeal may be designated as a member of more than one Board of Appeal. These measures may, where necessary, be amended during the course of the working year in question.
The Presidium may only take a decision if at least five of its members are present; these must include the President of the Boards of Appeal or his deputy, and the Chairmen of two Boards of Appeal. Where the tasks mentioned in paragraph 4 are concerned, nine members must be present, including the President of the Boards of Appeal or his deputy, and the Chairmen of three Boards of Appeal. Decisions shall be taken by a majority vote; in the event of parity of votes, the Chairman or his deputy shall have the casting vote. Abstentions shall not be considered as votes.
The Administrative Council may allocate duties under Article 134a, paragraph 1(c), to the Boards of Appeal.
See the Decision of the Presidium of the Boards of Appeal dated 12.11.2007 concerning the transfer of functions to the Registrars of the Boards of Appeal (Supplement to OJ EPO 1/2008, 49).
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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XA.134a EPC Article 134a Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office
EPC Implementing Rules
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO SE 1/2016, p11 - II.2 - Business distribution scheme of the Legal Board of Appeal for the year 2016
XOJ EPO SE 1/2016, p1 - I. NOTICE CONCERNING THE COMPOSITION OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE BOARDS OF APPEAL FOR THE YEARS 2016/2017