International phase and entry into the European phase (Guide for applicants)
This 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. It is referred to as the "Euro-PCT Guide" to distinguish it from the PCT Applicant's Guide published by WIPO ("WIPO PCT Guide").
The Euro-PCT Guide is of a summary nature. It 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 2015. 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 2015.
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:
Any comments on the Euro-PCT Guide may be addressed to Directorate 5.2.2 International Legal Affairs, PCT.
To consult the most up-to-date version of the Euro-PCT Guide, please use the HTML files.
The PDF file (3 MB) reflects the printed edition of the Euro-PCT Guide. While the HTML version is optimised for online use, the PDF version offers the best solution for off-line browsing, including full-text search functionality.
The PDF and HTML versions of the Euro-PCT Guide reflect the status on 1 January 2015.
The 8th edition of the Euro-PCT Guide (updated to 1 January 2015) will be released in print in May 2015.