European Patent Guide – How to get a European patent


19th edition, updated to
1 April 2019

The "European Patent Guide" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.

Content description

This updated 19th edition of the Guide is based on the revised European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) which entered into force on 13 December 2007. All references to articles or rules in the Guide therefore relate to the EPC as in force since that date. The Guide cannot go into the details or specific issues of the European patent grant procedure, and it does not constitute an official commentary on the European Patent Convention (EPC).

If you need more detailed information, you are advised to consult the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office, a comprehensive guide to every stage of the grant procedure and to EPO practice.

Available formats

The PDF file reflects the printed version of the 19th edition of "European Patent Guide - How to get a European patent" and is based on the information available on 1 April 2019.

While the HTML version is optimised for online use, the PDF version offers the best solution for off-line browsing, including full-text search functionality.

A printed version of the Guide is also available (see the following section for how to order it). 

The content of the Guide is also available as an e-learning module.


The printed version of "European Patent Guide – How to get a European patent (19th edition)" will be available at the end of October.

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