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The European Patent Convention


16th Edition, June 2016

The 16th edition of the European Patent Convention is available (date of publication June 2016). It contains

  • the text of the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) applicable since 13 December 2007
  • the EPC Implementing Regulations as in force since 1 May 2016; also included is an amendment to those regulations which enters into force on 1 November 2016,
  • the rules of procedure of the European Patent Office's boards of appeal and Enlarged Board of Appeal which are included for the first time in the edition of the EPC,
  • the protocols which are integral parts of the EPC (Protocol on the Interpretation of Article 69 EPC, Protocol on Centralisation, Protocol on Recognition, Protocol on Privileges and Immunities, Protocol on the Staff Complement)
  • an extract from the EPC Revision Act of 29 November 2000
  • the Administrative Council's decision of 28 June 2001 on the transitional provisions under Article 7 of the Revision Act and
  • the Rules relating to Fees.

It also contains an index of decisions and opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal published in the Official Journal of the EPO (Annex I), a cross-reference list to EPC 1973 and EPC 2000 (Annex II) and an alphabetical keyword index. 

Available formats and amendments

Only the HTML files are updatable. They give the current texts, with any amendments (e.g. to the Implementing Regulations) included as from their entry into force. The PDF file reflects the latest printed edition (currently the 16th, published in June 2016), i.e. without amendments adopted by the Administrative Council since its publication. It is however preceded by a list of any amendments adopted by the Council since that edition went to press.

While the HTML version contains internal links between the articles and rules of the EPC and is optimised for online use, the PDF version offers the best solution for off-line browsing including full-text search functionality.

In the HTML files, "version history" can be used to find out about earlier texts of a given provision, including any transitional rules.

In the HTML files, "version history" can be used to find out about earlier texts of a given provision, including any transitional rules.

For up-to-date information on procedural fees, please also consult the EPO website under "Official Journal" and "Fees". 


Printed copies of  "The European Patent Convention" (16th edition, June 2016) can be ordered using this form.  

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