How to get a European patent, Guide for applicants - Part 1

How to get a European patent

14th edition, October 2013

The "Guide for applicants, Part 1" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.

Content description

This updated 14th (October 2013) edition of the first part of the Guide is based on the revised European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) which entered into force on 13 December 2007. All references to articles or rules in the Guide therefore relate to the EPC as in force since that date. The Guide cannot go into the details or specific issues of the European patent grant procedure, and it does not constitute an official commentary on the European Patent Convention (EPC).

If you need more detailed information, you are advised to consult the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office, a comprehensive guide to every stage of the grant procedure and to EPO practice.

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A printed version of the Guide is also available (see the following section for how to order it).

The content of the Guide is also available as an e-learning module.

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