These Guidelines have been and will beare
updated at regular intervals to take account of developments in European patent law and practice. Usually, updates only
involve amendments to specific sentences or passages on individual pages, in order to bring at least part of
the text more closely
into line with patent law and EPO practice as these continue to evolve. It follows that no update can ever claim to be complete. Any indication from readers drawing attention to errors as well as suggestions for improvement are highly appreciated and may be sent by e-mail to: email@example.com
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