How to get a European patent
The "Guide for applicants" 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.
This updated 18th (June 2018) 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
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.
The PDF file reflects the printed version of the 18th edition of "How to get a European patent, Guide for applicants (June 2018)" and is based on the information available on 1 April 2018.
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 "How to get a European patent, Guide for applicants (18th edition, June 2018)" will be released in print in July 2018.