On 17 February 2015, the appeals court in The Hague held that the appeal filed by the Staff Union of the European Patent Organization (‘SUEPO’) and its Dutch branch, the Vakbondsunie van het Europees Octrooibureau (‘VEOB’), in their case against the European Patent Organization (‘EPO’), was well-founded on most counts.

Read the press release here.

The unions are represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Christiaan Oberman (external).


  • Judgment Appeals Court The Hague of 17 February 2015 in Dutch and English (unofficial translation)


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