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.

5. Access to EPO documentation for the national patent offices

The EPO provides the national offices of its member states with access to its electronic search documentation as described in B‑IX, 2.1 to 2.3.

For other documentation of the EPO, if delivered by commercial database providers, access can be limited, depending on the conditions of data delivery agreed between the EPO and the data provider. However, separate agreements may exist between national offices and data providers.


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