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.

2. Influencing the speed of examination proceedings – PACE

With a written request for accelerated examination under the programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications (PACE), the applicant can speed up the proceedings at the examination stage (see Notice from the EPO dated 4 May 2010, OJ EPO 2010, 352). , and For further information, see E‑VII, 3.2).

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