How to get a European patent, Guide for applicants, Part 2 (Euro-PCT Guide)

PCT procedure before the EPO ("Euro-PCT")

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Euro-PCT Guide (Guide for applicants, Part 2) (PDF, 2 MB)
(Status: 1 January 2014)

7th edition, January 2014

Part 2 of the "Guide for applicants" is aimed at those interested in pursuing the procedure under the PCT and focuses on elements specific to the PCT procedure before the EPO. This part of the Guide is referred to as the "Euro-PCT Guide" to distinguish it from the PCT Applicant's Guide published by WIPO ("WIPO PCT Guide").

Content description

Part 2 of the EPO's Guide for applicants, also referred to as the Euro-PCT Guide, is aimed at those interested in pursuing the procedure under the PCT. It is of a summary nature and focuses on elements specific to the PCT procedure before the EPO. The present publication is the seventh edition.

The Euro-PCT Guide gives an overview of the procedures under the PCT before the EPO, including entry into the European phase before the EPO as designated/elected Office. The information it provides is not to be considered complete, nor is it intended to replace relevant WIPO publications and EPO decisions and notices concerning specific issues.

The Euro-PCT Guide is updated to 1 January 2014. Any changes to PCT procedures before the EPO after that date are not reflected in the information that it contains. Therefore, applicants using it should always verify in particular whether any relevant changes to the procedures have entered into force since 1 January 2014.

Although the information in the Guide is not exhaustive, it aims to cover all the points to note when the EPO acts in its capacity as:

  • a receiving Office (RO),
  • an International Searching Authority (ISA),
  • a Supplementary International Searching Authority (SISA),
  • an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA), and/or
  • a designated or elected Office.

Any comments on the Euro-PCT Guide may be addressed to Directorate 5.2.2 International Legal Affairs, PCT.

Available formats and amendments

To consult the most up-to-date version of the Euro-PCT Guide, please use the PDF file. It reflects the status on 1 January 2014.

Ordering

The 7th edition of the Euro-PCT Guide (updated to 1 January 2014) will be released in print in May 2014.


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