This revised version of the Guidelines for Examination will apply as from 1 November 2015. Until then, the September 2014 edition of the Guidelines remains valid.

1. Overview

This Part A of the Guidelines deals with the following:

the requirements and procedure relevant to the examination as to formalities of European patent applications (Chapters A‑II to VI);
formalities matters of a more general nature which can arise during the application procedure or the post-grant stage (Chapters A‑VII and VIII),
the presentation and execution of drawings and figurative representations accompanying a European patent application (Chapter A‑IX);
fee questions (Chapter A‑X);
inspection of files, communication of information contained in files, consultation of the Register of European Patents and issuance of certified copies (Chapter A‑XI).

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