In accordance with Art. 10(2)(a) of the European Patent Convention (EPC), the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) adopted, effective as at 1 June 1978, the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office. The latest edition of these Guidelines is dated 20 June 2012 (date of entry into force). Please note that this June 2012 edition of the Guidelines is the only valid official version, and supersedes the April 2010 edition as from 20 June 2012 (OJ 6/2012, 420).
Issues dealt with in Legal Advice from the EPO which are still relevant have been incorporated into the revised Guidelines for Examination 2012; all Legal Advice notices are cancelled (Decision of the President of the EPO dated 31 May 2012 concerning the cancellation of Legal Advice from the EPO, OJ 7/2012, 446).
It should be borne in mind that the edition of the Guidelines referred to in the following abstracts of board decisions is that applied by the board in question and may have been worded differently from the June 2012 edition.