European patent rights are only granted after a thorough examination of formal and substantive requirements. The EPO-EPC Guidelines for Examination (www.epo.org) details the practice and procedure to be followed before the European Patent Office (EPO) under the European Patent Convention (EPC). The EPO's Unitary Patent Guide outlines how to also obtain an EU Unitary Patent (which is expected to be available from early 2023).
Our Indexed version improves on the official digital versions by abbreviating index entries, grouping them at the front to allow quick scanning, using page numbers to speed up finding pages, indicating sections with significant changes in the last 3 years, and fully using the page size to give a better overview of paragraphs.
IP law is highly complex and continuously changing, so always double-check the status with the latest official resources. The EPO-EPC Guidelines are expected to be legally valid from 1 Mar 2022 to 28 Feb 2023.
This book is suitable as a desktop reference for everyday use by attorneys and administrators. It is also suitable for anyone studying European Patent Law and exam candidates. For European Qualifying Exam (EQE) candidates, this is the official version for EQE 2023 Main Exam & Pre-Exam.
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EPO-EPC Guidelines for Patent Examination – Mar 2022 - DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS - GENERAL PART - A: FORMALITIES EXAMINATION - B: SEARCH - C: PROCEDURAL ASPECTS OF SUBSTANTIVE EXAMINATION - D: OPPOSITION AND LIMITATION / REVOCATION PROCEDURES - E: GENERAL PROCEDURAL MATTERS Procedural matters relevant to several stages in EPO proceedings. Euro-PCT procedures before the EPO as designated / elected Office. - F: THE EUROPEAN (EP) PATENT APPLICATION EPC requirements other than patentability, including unity of invention (Art. 82), sufficiency of disclosure (Art. 83), clarity (Art. 84), right to priority (Art. 87 to Art. 89). - G: PATENTABILITY EPC requirements from Art. 52 to Art. 57, including exclusions from patentability (Art. 52(2) and Art. 53), novelty (Art. 54), inventive step (Art. 56), industrial application (Art. 57). - H: AMENDMENTS AND CORRECTIONS Including questions of admissibility (Rule 80 and Rule 137), compliance with Art. 123(2) and (3), Rule 139 and Rule 140. - ANN I: INDEX FOR COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED INVENTIONS (CII) - ANN II: LIST OF SECTIONS AMENDED IN THIS REVISION - ANN III: ALPHABETICAL KEYWORD INDEX
EPO Unitary Patent Guide – Apr 2022 - DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS - A: GENERAL PART - B: HOW TO OBTAIN A UNITARY PATENT - C: THE COMPENSATION SCHEME - D: RENEWAL FEES FOR UNITARY PATENTS - E: PUBLICATIONS AND FILE INSPECTION - F: HOW TO REGISTER TRANSFERS, LICENCES AND OTHER RIGHTS - G: OTHER PROCEDURAL QUESTIONS: LANGUAGE REGIME, REPRESENTATION AND FEE PAYMENT - H: LEGAL REMEDIES AGAINST EPO DECISIONS: THE ROLE OF THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT - ANNEX: TRANSITIONAL MEASURES