PCT procedure before the EPO ("Euro-PCT")
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").
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:
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 PDF file. It reflects the status on 1 January 2014.
The 7th edition of the Euro-PCT Guide (updated to 1 January 2014) will be released in print in May 2014.