English, French, German
The purpose of this book is to help users of the European Patent system identify the decisions they need.The fifth edition of the "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office" incorporates decisions up to the end of 2005. In addition, the most important decisions issued in the first half of 2006 have been taken into account. The book follows the same general pattern as in the previous editions: dividing the case law into topics and illustrating each by short summaries of selected decisions. The chapters have been thoroughly revised, to give a full picture of the actual case law whilst keeping the publication to a manageable size.