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 obtain an EU Unitary Patent following a grant under the EPC (available since 1 June 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 2023 to 29 Feb 2024.
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 2024 Main Exam & Pre-Exam.
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EPO-EPC Guidelines – 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 Relevant for multiple stages in EPO proceedings, including Euro-PCT - F: THE EUROPEAN (EP) PATENT APPLICATION Substantive aspects such as unity (A.82), sufficiency (A.83), clarity (A.84), priority (A.87 to A.89) - G: PATENTABILITY Substantive aspects such as non-patentability (A.52(2), A.53), novelty (A.54), inventive step (A.56) - H: AMENDMENTS AND CORRECTIONS Admissibility aspects such as extension (A.123(2) & (3)), correction (R.139 & R.140), in opposition (R.80), in examination (R.137) - I: INDEX FOR COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED INVENTIONS (CII) - J: LIST OF SECTIONS AMENDED IN THIS REVISION - K: ALPHABETICAL KEYWORD INDEX
EPO Unitary Patent Guide – Apr 2022 - DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS - A: GENERAL PART - B: HOW TO OBTAIN UNITARY PATENT - C: COMPENSATION SCHEME - D: RENEWAL FEES FOR UNITARY PATENTS - E: PUBLICATIONS AND FILE INSPECTION - F: HOW TO REGISTER TRANSFERS, LICENCES AND OTHER RIGHTS - G: OTHER QUESTIONS: LANGUAGE REGIME, REPRESENTATION, FEE PAYMENT - H: LEGAL REMEDIES AGAINST EPO DECISIONS: ROLE OF UNIFIED PATENT COURT - ANNEX: TRANSITIONAL MEASURES