In the years preceding the Diplomatic Conference, extensive preparatory
work took place within the European Patent Organisation (mainly
in the Administrative Council and in the Committee on Patent Law),
on the basis of more than 80 documents prepared by the EPO, national
delegations and user groups. In addition, during the 10 days of
the Diplomatic Conference in November 2000, around 50 documents
were submitted for discussion.
All these documents - as well as the Minutes of the meetings of
the Administrative Council and the Committee on Patent Law - form
the travaux préparatoires to the EPC 2000.
While the Basic proposal for the
revision of the EPC (MR/2/00) undoubtedly forms the most important reference document, users
interested in studying the details of the travaux préparatoires
may wish to consult the complete set of documents. For that purpose,
the Basic proposal (MR/2/00) lists, in the Explanatory remarks
accompanying each proposal for amendment of an article, all the
relevant preparatory documents, thus enabling users to retrieve
the legislative history of a particular provision.
The documents which form the travaux préparatoires to the
EPC 2000 are grouped according to the body where they were discussed
(Committee on Patent Law, Administrative Council, Budget and Finance
Committee or Diplomatic Conference).